SPAN 388: Introduction to Latina/o Studies

(Fall 2022)


Section Information for Fall 2022

This course offers a representative overview of Latinx history, literatures, and cultures in the United States by engaging students in discussions of literary works and cultural practices in connection with interdisciplinary approaches to equality, inclusivity, accountability, and social justice. The course introduces the field of Latinx/a/o Studies, presenting the main questions raised in this emerging field and providing useful sources for further inquiry. Beyond strict generic categorizations, literary texts include novels, short stories, drama, and poetry. They will be supplemented by close studies of movies, documentaries, music, and other artistic representations. Although the materials will expose bilingualism as one of the main identity markers of Latinxs/as/os, special attention will be given to a tradition of texts and cultural practices in the Spanish language. The class is structured in units according to recent debates and issues in U.S. Latinx Studies. Topics and works are meant to serve as points of entry into the analysis of more general issues about Latino identity and its representations, historical roots, immigration, racial diversity and equality, and the formation of Latino communities across the U.S. Overall, the objective is to provide students with a solid introduction to the history of Latinxs/as/os in the U.S. in connection with Latin American history, and a basic foundation in the analysis of U.S. Latinx literatures and cultures not only for academic purposes but also for possible implementations in their everyday lives.

This course is conducted in Spanish, and all oral and written assignments must be in Spanish.

SPAN 388-DL1 is a distance education section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Interdisciplinary approach to the study of U.S. Latina/o cultural production, designed to promote critical thinking in understanding Latina/o histories, literatures, and cultures. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: SPAN 335 or 336, or SPAN 370, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Taught in Spanish

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