Folklore | Latino Folklore
F315 | 30895 | M. Martinez-Rivera
Fulfills COLL Arts & Humanities, Culture Studies List A
Above class meets with LATS-L398.
Latino communities in the United States are as culturally rich and
diverse as their countries of origin. The United States, moreover,
provides a platform for the proliferation, transformation, and
adaptation of cultural practices. Therefore, the study of Latino
folklore in the United States offers an amazing opportunity to
analyze how communities are maintained even when they are in
constant fluctuation, and how cultural expressions play a central
part in the continuity and transformation of community.
This course cannot be inclusive of all US Latinos, but we will study
a wide array of cultural manifestations—oral traditions, music,
festivals, dance, material culture, healing and spirituality—while
also paying attention to wider debates concerning migration, gender,
nationalism, and identity. The course will begin with an overview
of the study of folklore and of Latino Studies. The remainder of the
course will be divided into five main themes—migration, gender,
nationalism, and identity and the interrelation between them—and how
different cultural practices and traditional expressive forms help
express, negotiate, transform, and maintain Latino communities in
the United States.