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American Studies

Amanda Gray


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SOC 308D • Ethncty & Gender: La Chicana

44845 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM PAR 105
(also listed as WGS 301)

The purpose of this course is to examine the various experiences, perspectives, and expressions of Chicanas in the United States. This involves examining the meaning and history of the term “Chicana” as it was applied to and incorporated by Mexican American women during the Chicano Movement in areas of the Southwest U.S., such as Texas and California. We will also explore what it means to be Chicana in the United States today. The course will begin with a historical overview of Mexican American women's experiences in the U.S., including the emergence of Chicana feminism. We will discuss central concepts of Chicana feminism and attempt to understand how those concepts link to everyday lived experiences. Specifically, the relationship between gender, race/ethnicity, and class will be key as we discuss issues that have been significant in the experiences and self-identification of Chicanas, such as: family, gender, sexuality, religion/spirituality, education, language, labor, and political engagement. We will engage in interdisciplinary analysis not only concerning cultural traditions, values, belief systems, and symbols but also concerning the expressive culture of Chicanas, including folk and religious practices, literature and poetry, the visual arts, and music. Finally, we will examine media representations of Chicanas through critical analyses of film and television portrayals.

 

AMS 315 • Latina/O Med/Pop Cul 1950-Pres

30858 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 306
(also listed as MAS 319, WGS 301)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various representations and (re)presentations of Latin@s within U.S. media and popular culture. We will pay special attention to Latin@ identity formation and its many productions and social constructions. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of identity in terms of how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. Utilizing interdisciplinary methodologies and learned analytical skills to conduct textual readings of various media, we will look at a number of issues pertaining to Latin@ representation within the mainstream and dominant culture, as well as some subversive techniques Latin@s use in producing their own identity re-presentations. Examining multiple sites of popular culture, we will attempt to reconstruct and deconstruct different materials including books, cartoons, films, magazines, mass media, music, popular images, television shows, and other artifacts of popular culture to understand their significance in the representations of Latin@s in U.S. society, as well as formations of individual and collective identities. Throughout the course of the semester, the following themes will regularly emerge during class lectures, discussions, readings, and film screenings: ideologies and representations of race in mainstream and popular culture, issues of race, interracial relations, mestizaje and mixed-race within U.S. borders; issues and representations of gender and sexuality; issues of class and the labor force; immigration, nationalism, borders and borderlands, borderland violence: violence against brown bodies, brown bodies committing violence; representations and perpetuation of stereotypes and discrimination; the commodification of Latinidad and consumer culture; and much more.

AMS 315 • Latina/O Med/Pop Cul 1950-Pres

30092 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.122
(also listed as MAS 319, WGS 301)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various representation and re-presentations of Latina/os within U.S. popular culture and the formation of identity and its many productions and social constructions. Throughout the course of the semester, students will gain an understanding of the importance of identity in terms of how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. We will conduct a thorough analysis of various topics across many different forms of media. Utilizing learned analytical skills to conduct contextual readings of these media using methodology from an interdisciplinary approach grounded in American Studies, we will look at a number of issues pertaining to Latina/o representation within the mainstream and dominant culture, as well as address the importance of "the popular" and its purpose in understanding individual/collective identity formations. Examining multiple sites of popular culture, we will atempt to reconstruct and deconstruct different materials including books, cartoons, films, magazine, mass media, music, popular images, television shows, and other artifacts of popular culture to understand their significance in the representation of Latinas/os in U.S. society.

Proposed Grading Policy:

  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Midtern Exam
  • 15% Response Papers
  • 25% Final Exam

MAS 319 • Soc Justc Doc: E Austin Voices

36403 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 3.120
(also listed as WGS 301)

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MAS 319 • Latina/O Med/Pop Cul 1950-Pres

36632 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.128
(also listed as WGS 301)

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MAS 319 • Latina/O Med/Pop Cul 1950-Pres

36485 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GEA 114
(also listed as WGS 301)

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