SPAN 015. First Year Seminar: Introduction to Latinx Literature and Culture
(Cross-listed as LITR 015S , ENGL 009F , LALS 015 )
This course is an introduction to the writings of Latino/as in the U.S. with emphasis on the distinctions and similarities that have shaped the experiences and the cultural imagination among different Latino/a communities. We will focus particularly in works produced by the three major groups of U.S. Latino/as (Mexican Americans or Chicanos, Puerto Ricans or Nuyoricans, and Cuban Americans). By analyzing works from a range of genres including poetry, fiction, film, and performance, along with literary and cultural theory, the course will explore some of the major themes in the cultural production of these groups. Topics to be discussed include identity formation in terms of language, race, gender, sexuality, and class; diaspora and emigration; the marketing of the Latino/a identity; and activism through art.
Offered each fall. Taught in English.
Fall 2021. Díaz.
Fall 2022. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Spanish
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/spanish
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