Latin American and Caribbean Studies 195:
Special Topics

Spring, 2008:  Hispanic Feminisms

Professor Ellen Mayock

TTh:  CDE / Tucker 405

 

 


 

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LATIN AMERICA
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Course description

LACS 195 Special topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies -- Prerequisites: none.  A topical seminar that focuses on an interdisciplinary examination of a singular theme relevant to the overall understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean region, such as Hispanic Feminisms, the Indigenous Americas, or Shifting Borders, among others.  As an introductory seminar, topics are selected with the purpose in mind to present the student with a broad, regional view within the scope of a restricted focus or medium.

Course Description for Spring, 2008:  Hispanic Feminisms:  This seminar is designed to explore the development of feminist movements and theories in Spain, Latin America, and the United States.   In order to understand the intersections between and among gender, race, and class in the “ Hispanic” world, students will examine key concepts such as theories of feminism, borders, heteronormativity, and mestizaje and apply them to select fiction, non-fiction, and filmic texts.


Objectives

During this term, we will focus the question of feminisms in the Hispanic world through a primarily geographic approach that also establishes a chronological trajectory.  The course of study will begin with a general introduction to the questions of identity through gender, race, and class and then proceed to Spain, Latin America (Mexico, Southern Cone, Caribbean), and Latinas in the United States.  Our aim is to understand the history of feminist developments, core theories, and their application to primary texts.

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Methodology

 

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Reading List
 

    

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Assignments

 

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Final Grade

Class preparation and participation 25%
Writing Assignments (2) 30%
Presentations in pairs 20%
Final Exam 25%

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