Intermediate Spanish III: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America


This course is intended for students who have already mastered the Spanish language at a pre-advanced level. This course will focus on the categories of gender and sexuality through the critical analysis of several Latin American cultural productions: literature, films, paintings, photographs, and performances in relation to their social, historical, and political contexts. Mass media and pop culture will be also a component of this course: music (including reggaeton and salsa), advertising, TV series, etc. We will explore and debate the notions of gender and sexuality relative to the politics of representation that problematize the construction of Latin American identities. To succeed in this course, students must come prepared to actively participate in our discussions and work on response papers, brief presentations, and individual conference projects. We will also try to take advantage of some of the cultural opportunities in the New York City area. Weekly meetings with the language assistant are a requirement. Course conducted in Spanish. Spanish placement test is required for students who have not previously taken Spanish at Sarah Lawrence College, in addition to an interview with the instructor.