We will discuss readings on the date they are listed. You are responsible for completing readings before each class meeting to ensure active participation. You are also expected to screen films before class (unless otherwise noted). Class schedule is subject to change throughout the semester; changes will be announced in class.
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August 28: Introduction
August 30: Who are these Latinas?
Defining Latinidad & key concepts for the semester.
READ: Dávila, A. “Talking Back: Spanish Media and U.S. Latinidad” (from Latino/a Popular Culture).
Overview of Latinas in Film
FILM: The Bronze Screen (screening in class)
FILM: The Bronze Screen
DISCUSSION: Caroline Nieto, Ning He & Amanda Aw Yong
FILM: When the Mountains Tremble (screening in Student Union Theater)
Lecture by Dr. Rigoberta Menchú
READ: Longo, Teresa. “When the Mountains Tremble: Images of Ethnicity in a Transcultural Text.” Hispanic Issues 15 (1997): 77 – 91.
Contemporary Latinas in Film
READ: Kleinhans, Chuck. “Selena: ¡Siempre Selena!” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 42 (1998, 2006). Web.
DISCUSSION: Elizabeth Parsons & Jose Figueroa
READ: Negron-Muntaner, Frances. “Jennifer’s Butt.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 22.2 (1997): 181 – 194.
DISCUSSION: Sorlyz Pagan, Lisette Espinal & Ernie Abreu
FILM: Real Women Have Curves
FILM: Real Women Have Curves
READ: Báez, Jillian M. “Towards a Latinidad Feminista: The Multiplicities of Latinidad and Feminism in Contemporary Cinema.” Popular Communication 5.2 (2007): 109-128. (feel free to skip over sections that deal with Girlfight)
DISCUSSION: Rachael Serreti & Stacey Pecor
DISCUSSION: Stephanie Giannoutsos & Hailey Rosa
READ: Molina-Guzman, Isabel. “Becoming Frida: Latinidad and the Production of Latina Authenticity.” Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in Media. New York: NYU Press, 2010.
DISCUSSION: Lucia Parisi & Gillianna Mendoza
DISCUSSION: Jessica Diaz & Charlie Grab
One Page Midterm Self Evaluation due in class (No attached emails will be accepted; see syllabus tab for details).
Latinas in Television
TV: Ugly Betty (“Pilot“)
READ: Molina-Guzmán, Isabel. “‘Ugly’ America Dreams the American Dream.” Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media. New York: NYU Press, 2010.
DISCUSSION: Gary Rosas & Yamile Hernandez
TV: Ugly Betty (“Sofia’s Choice“)
DISCUSSION: Alexis Ruiz & Brianna Martone
WORKSHOP: Term project proposals and abstracts due. Please include an outline of your project and bibliography.
TV: Modern Family
DISCUSSION: Lindsey Honig, Danielle Honig & David Faenza
TV: Modern Family – Season 2, episode 6 “Halloween”
DISCUSSION: Morgan Radin & Tiffany Jorge
News and Politics
DISCUSSION: Alie Garry, Mariah Monroe
Latinas and Music
READ: Negrón-Muntaner, Frances. “Celia’s Shoes.” From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture. Ed. Myra Mendible. Austin: U of Texas P, 2007.
DISCUSSION: Kelvin Li, Shantae Shaw & Michael Pavia
READ: Fuchs, Cynthia. “‘There’s My Territory’: Shakira Crossing Over.” From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture. Ed. Myra Mendible. Austin: U of Texas P, 2007.
DISCUSSION: Skylar Smith, Jeremy Kaplan & Morgan Kamm
Latinas and/in Advertisement
READ: Dávila, Arlene. “Knowledges: Facts and Fictions of a People as a Market” (from Latinos Inc.: The Marketing and Making of People)
Sofia Vergara – Cover Girl Commercial (youtube video)
DISCUSSION: Carolyn Luby & Veronica Perez
READ: Dávila, Arlene. “Images: Producing Culture for the Market” (from Latinos Inc.: The Marketing and Making of People)
DISCUSSION: Violetta Orlowski & Katie Blake
November 20: No class
November 22: No class
Latinas in New Media
READ: Angélica Pérez-Litwin’s “Will the New Latina Please Stand Up? How Social Media Is Broadening The Latina Image” on Huffington Post @LatinoVoices
READ: Kalyn Belsha’s “Most Powerful Latinas in Social Media” on VOXXI @voxxinews
DISCUSSION: Kiara Morales & Adam Lang
Guest Speaker: Diane Alverio, CTLatinoNews.com
Ryan Building, Room 204
December 4: Term Project Workshop
December 6: Term Project Workshop
December 11: Final Term Project Presentations
1:00 – 3:00 PM