COAS | Un/Familiar Representations: Thinking Hispanic Culture Through Family in Film, Literature, and the Arts
S104 | 0115 | Mejias-Lopez

Seminar 0115 12:20p-1:10p MWF

What constitutes a family? Can we choose ours? How do we represent our family and see ourselves in relation to it? Is the family organization natural and universal, or social and culturally specific? This course will explore representations of the family and family relations in the Hispanic world. From traditional models to new ways of thinking its structure, we will study how the family both shapes and is shaped by cultural representations. We will discuss how it is depicted as a site of conflict and resolution, of both oppression and liberation; as a place for explorations of the self and definitions of community; as a metaphor to speak about history or the nation. We will also pay attention to cultural, social, and historical differences. Some of the specific topics discussed will include power, identity, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age gaps, and religion. The material studied will include film, literature, photography, painting, music, and comics. This class will be entirely conducted in English; no knowledge of Spanish is required.