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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

SPN 381M • Queer Latin American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47210 TH
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course aims to introduce the students to the main trends of queer studies on Latin American literature and culture. Significant works dealing with Latin American marginal sexualities have been published in recent years. This scholarly production results from placing the episteme of body and sexuality on the central preoccupations of social sciences and humanities. Studying marginal sexualities in Latin America conveys an intersection of multiple axes of difference (race, class, nationality, religion), where sexuality, rather than being considered an immanent object of study, functions as a theoretical basis for knowing culture and society. By reading literary and critical works in which body and sexuality are represented beyond the hegemonic gender system, this course will focus on three topics: a) marginal sexualities and national identity: modernity and citizenship in the representation of sexuality; b) images and self-images of the queer subject: homophobia, machismo, and queer body on the public arena; c) queer rhetoric: (de)naturalization, performance and liminalities. The course will include: an introduction to the main concepts of queer studies; reading some critical works about queer Latin American culture; analyzing literature, art, and cinema with this approach.

Grading Policy

Oral presentation on theoretical or critical reading 20% Short paper on literary analysis 20% Class participation 10% Take home exam 15% Term paper 50%


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