Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Latino/a Studies, and how it reconfigures the study of the United States and the Americas. Considers literature, history, sociology, economics, politics, culture and language in examining terms such as: Latino, latinidad, Global South, transnational, globalization, and multiculturalism. Exploration of alignments and divergences of Latino/a Studies with African and African American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Critical US Studies. Classroom learning will connect with the community outside of Duke.
This seminar explores the overlapping layers of community among Latinx communities in the United States. The course begins with an interrogation of the concept of an overarching community formed by diverse groups of multiple national origins and with differing experiences. We will explore the historical origins and the sometimes-problematic nature of terms like “Hispanic,” “Latino/a,” and “Latinx.” As the course progresses, students will be exposed to multiple case studies that illustrate the diversity of experiences of Latinx groups in multiple settings, ranging from large urban centers