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Summer 2022 Courses

ENGL 164: Introduction to Latina/o Studies

Summer Session I
M/W 11:30AM-1PM, virtual synchronous
Instructor: Dr. Geovani Ramírez

In On LatinidadMarta Caminero Santangelo offers the plural term Latinidades to account for Latinx diversity. In this class, we will examine literature from multiple genres alongside visual art, film, and music by a variety of ethno-racial Latinx subjects to help us expand and re-shape our notions about Latinidad(es), Latinx histories, and Latinx identities and gender. Toward this end, we will pay close attention to the specific ethnic histories as well as genre and medium conventions that inform our texts. We will answer such questions as what is the relationship between histories and national, cultural, and personal identities?

LTAM 390:The Sounds of Migration

Summer Session II


Explore Latin American and Caribbean migrant experiences in the United States through music, oral history, and expressive cultural media. Gain experience working with an oral history archive, conducting interviews, and using audio editing software. Collaborate with a team of bilingual students to document North Carolina’s Latin American heritage. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Proficiency in Spanish language recommended. Listed in the UNC course catalogue as LTAM 390: Special Topics

Instructor: Dr. Hannah Gill,

T/TH 3:15-5:50 PM

Fall 2022 Courses


ENGL/WGST 666_001: Queer LatinX Literature & Photography  

MWF 10:10-11:00am   

Instructor: Dr. María DeGuzmán (  

This course explores novels and short stories by LatinX writers that focus in one way or another on photographs & photography and, in doing so, that simultaneously question (or “queer”) certain cultural givens about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and other coordinates of identity, identification, and subjectivity. We will give careful consideration to each of the terms in the title of this course (Queer, LatinX, Photography, Literature) as we investigate the connections between this double focus on photography and literature. At the same time, we will examine actual photo-based visual work by a wide variety of LatinX artists. Visual and textual works considered include those by Alma López, Laura Aguilar, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, John Rechy, Achy Obejas, Helena María Viramontes, Emma Pérez, Elias Miguel Muñoz, Graciela Limón, Carla Trujillo, Aiden Thomas, and others. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students can take this course for seminar credit.   


ROML 55H: Writing with an Accent: Latina/o Literature and Culture

TR 11:00am-12:15pm

 Instructor: Dr. Oswaldo Estrada

This seminar focuses on the literary production of Latinos living in the U.S. Using a variety of materials (essays, documentaries, films, music) and English-language texts (novels, short stories, plays, poetry) we will examine works by Chicano, Peruvian-American, Nuyorican, Central-American-American, Dominican, and Cuban-American writers. Topics to be discussed include: Latino or Hispanic? What’s in a Name?; The politics of Bilingualism; The search for Home in Migrant, Rural, and Urban Environments; The Many Faces of Machismo; Religion and Spirituality in Latino Communities; Forms of Prejudice and Discrimination; Music as a Cultural Bridge. All readings will be in English, though knowledge of Spanish is desirable. 


COMM 661: Performance of Race and Ethnicity: Latinx Performance. 

MWF 11:15AM – 12:05pm

Instructor: Dr. China Medel

This class will be an investigation into the history, sites, methods, issues, and questions motivating various Latinx performance in the US. Taking a site-driven approach we will chart the histories and roles of performance among Latinx communities through such site as the school, the picket line, the club, the barrio, the church, and more. Working within the context of performance studies, we will think about performances ranging from the theatrical, the activist, performance art, and the micropractices of everyday life. We will investigate how these various forms of performance work through the body to intervene in the public sphere, transmit cultural memory, and reproduce and trouble the boundaries of identity and nationhood. We’ll ask how identities and their performances shift and cohere within the processes of migration, thinking through such concepts as hybridization, syncretization, and creolization. Working through the histories of Latinx peoples in the US and troubling the boundaries and borders of the nation states we will consider the role of gender and sexuality in troubling and addressing the permeability and instability of borders. Thinking strategically with Latinx performers and activists we’ll posit theories as to the role of performance in struggles for social change and survival within the contexts of various forms of colonialism.  


WGST 233. Introduction to Latina Literature. 3 Credits.

TR 2:00 – 3:15pm 

Instructor: Dr. Ariana Vigil

This course will provide an introduction to Latina literature. We will read a variety of genres from a range of ethno-national perspectives and examine such topics as immigration, identity, mother-daughter relationships, and sexuality.


Span 389-001: Los cubanos en la diáspora: literatura y cultura 

TR 3:30-4:45pm 

Instructor: Dr. Rosa Perelmuter

A diaspora of two million people, Cuban-Americans have had a significant impact on U.S. culture and politics. As we witness the rapid increase in relations between the U.S. and Cuba, this course will examine the literary and cultural production of Cubans living in the U.S.  

Through novels, plays, memoirs and historical texts written mostly in English, we’ll explore the themes of language and identity, the politics of exile, the construction of sexual and national identities, music as a cultural bridge, and much more.  

Class will be conducted in Spanish, and exams and papers will be completed in Spanish as well. Prerequisite: Spanish 373 or permission of instructor for those who have advanced Spanish skills. Students lacking the prerequisite are encouraged to email the instructor at to request permission to enroll. 

Course requirements: 

Midterm (40%), Final (40%), 2 short papers (20%) 

**Active class participation is expected and may affect the final grade in the course** 

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