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Courses :: CULS C701: Topic: Latino/a Sexualities in U.S. Lit and Film

This course explores the development of gender ideals and stereotypes of Latinas/os across the twentieth century as they are portrayed in film and literature.  We will view ethnically marked films featuring early stars such as Ramon Novarro, Dolores de Rio, and Lupe Velez to recent celebs J-Lo, Salma Hayek, and Dora the Explorer.  Additionally, we will read works by Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Cherrie Moraga, Cristina Garcia, Giannina Braschi, and others.  Working with Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera at our sides, we will consider whether there is a relationship between transgressing formal and socio-political borders in our texts.