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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Amanda Gray

Doctoral Student
Amanda Gray


AMS 315 • Latina/O Med/Pop Cul 1950-Pres

30092 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.122
(also listed as MAS 319, WGS 301 )
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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to various representation and re-presentations of Latina/os within U.S. popular culture and the formation of identity and its many productions and social constructions. Throughout the course of the semester, students will gain an understanding of the importance of identity in terms of how we view ourselves, others, and the world around us. We will conduct a thorough analysis of various topics across many different forms of media. Utilizing learned analytical skills to conduct contextual readings of these media using methodology from an interdisciplinary approach grounded in American Studies, we will look at a number of issues pertaining to Latina/o representation within the mainstream and dominant culture, as well as address the importance of "the popular" and its purpose in understanding individual/collective identity formations. Examining multiple sites of popular culture, we will atempt to reconstruct and deconstruct different materials including books, cartoons, films, magazine, mass media, music, popular images, television shows, and other artifacts of popular culture to understand their significance in the representation of Latinas/os in U.S. society.

Proposed Grading Policy:

  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Midtern Exam
  • 15% Response Papers
  • 25% Final Exam
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