Folklore | Rhythm and the Latina Body Politic
F722 | 2432 | Jaquez
This course focuses on the construction of Chicana/Latina bodies in
contemporary public spaces, in particular how dance movement is
often ethnically defined along cultural stereotypes-i.e., the Latin
lover, the promiscuous Latina, and the "hotness" or "spiciness" of
Latino popular musics. Careful attention is given to how these
stereotypes exist as part of the accepted norm in interpreting Latina
cultural expression. The socio-cultural constraints on Latina
engagement of dance, music, and control of the body (sex, sexuality,
gender, and race) are used as key concepts in exploring this arena.
This interdisciplinary course draws upon materials from a variety of
sources, including musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural studies,
film studies, anthropology, sociology, and popular culture.
Requirements: Students are required to submit a substantial end of
term research paper (approximately 20-25 pp.). In addition to
consulting written primary and secondary sources, students are
encouraged to incorporate field methodologies such as interviews
and/or observations. It is expected that students engaging in field
methodologies will familiarize themselves with
anthropological/ethnomusicological literature that explores field
work ethics. Students will also lead one class discussion and
complete a mid-term essay examination.
End of Term Paper 50 pts.
Preparing and leading a class discussion 20
1 Essay Exam (mid-term) 20
Attendance and Participation 10
TOTAL: 100 pts.
A+ = 98-100 B = 83-86 C- = 70-72
A = 93-97 B- = 80-82 D+ = 67-69
A- = 90-92 C+ = 77-79 D = 63-66
B+ = 87-89 C = 73-76 D- = 60-62
F = below 60