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US Latino Literature

The objective of this course is to analyze contemporary U.S. Latino drama, fiction and poetry within their cultural and historical context. Among the possible readings: Popular Latino Fiction, Latino Poetry as protest, code switching, the Nuyorican movement and other Latino landscapes. Dr. Melero University of Wisconsin Whitewater View Syllabus

Cultural Resistance- The Role of Arts in Social Justice Movements

The growing movement to stem the tide of mass criminalization and incarceration among Black and Latino communities in the US has begun to integrate elements of a radical arts tradition that has been used in a variety of social movements. Using the contemporary anti-prison movement as the primary case study, this course will more generally explore the ways in which the radical arts traditions of music, poetry, film and theater have been influenced by and utilized in a variety of liberation struggles and social justice movements across the African diaspora. Alongside the anti-mass incarceration movement, the course will examine the role of the arts in several historical social justice movements, including, Marcus Garvey’s UNIA Movement, the Black and Latino Power Movements and the anti-Apartheid Movement. The course will consider the mutual impact that arts and social movements have on each other. The historical and theoretical materials will be contextualized by…

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