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AMST 757 01 (12183)  
The Latina/o Novel
Albert Laguna
M 3.30-5.20 HGS 401
Fall 2013 
 
How might we read latinidad? What aesthetic strategies have been used to represent Latinos/as in the novel as genre? What are the political stakes of narrative aesthetics? Our close readings of Latino/a literature and secondary materials helps us reflect on what's at stake in such questions. By investigating the repertoire of narrative strategies through which Latino/a authors have represented ethnicity and identity, we develop a more nuanced and tactical understanding of how the literary and the political intersect. The ultimate goal of our seminar exchanges is to read literature that troubles, expands, and destabilizes latinidad as a fixed conceptual category.