SPAN 309

Latina/o Literatures: Transgressive, Disobedient Enunciations from Latina/o America

Latino literary and cultural productions have particularly provided a gateway into understanding the heterogeneity of Latino experiences in the U.S. While this course does not survey Latino literatures historically, it does introduce students to some of the most contemporary Latina/o literary productions and cultural experssions by situating these in their broader cultural, social, and political framework. Plays, short stories, novels, testimonies, poetry, autobiography, essays, and film serve to explore complex--and often silenced--histories, issues, and realities in present-day Latina/o communities. In this manner, the course looks at literature and cultural productions as a platform for cultural, social, individual, historical, and political expositions; a place where ideologies are contested, debated, and articulated; a site where subjectivities are problematized, enunciated, and made visible. Central to this course are questions pertaining to: the neoliberal market and the commodification of the Latino body; identity construction (and/or destruction); the intersections of sexuality, gender, and class in informing discourse; racisims; discourses of privilege; language and art as a conduit for the erasure of invisibilities; the intersections of systems of power in the literary; border politics, death and violence in the Latino experience; conditions of exile and diaspora; U.S. immigration politics and, among others, defiant Latina/o sexualities.

This course is taught in Spanish.