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Cultural Studies in the Curriculum
Teaching Latin America

Editor(s): Danny J. Anderson, Jill S. Kuhnheim

Pages: x & 249 pp.
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780873528030 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873528023 (hardcover)

"This timely work will be extremely useful to those teaching Latin American literatures and cultures, especially if they are exploring, considering, or receptive to new pedagogical approaches."
Fernando Unzueta, Ohio State University

Cultural studies has shifted the focus of language and literary studies to concerns previously excluded from the classroom: the perspectives of marginal groups, the expressive forms and social practices of popular and mass cultures. Among Latin Americanists, this academic approach is strongly contested, for reasons both philosophical and political. In their introduction, the editors examine this conflict, relating the history of cultural studies in Latin America to later developments in Britain and the United States. The nine essays in this volume probe the tension and interdependence between the literary and the cultural, and they demonstrate the relevance of cultural studies to a new generation of language learners in an era of globalization.

Some of the topics discussed in Cultural Studies in the Curriculum are Chicano/a writing; Caribbean film, music, religious expressions, and sport; colonial Spanish perceptions of indigenous life; ethical issues in United States and Latin American business relations; and assumptions about gender and sexuality in Mexico before machismo. The wealth of material considered includes history, novels, poems, photographs, criminology texts, ethnography, anthropology, jokes, corridos, urban architecture, and movies.

An appendix of sample course syllabi is supplied.

Table of Contents

Cultural Studies in the Curriculum: Teaching Latin America

Introduction: From Culture into Cultural Studies in Latin America

Part 1: Situating Pedagogy

Colonial Studies as Cultural Studies: Theoretical and Pedagogical Issues in Classroom Practice
Gustavo Verdesio

The Politics of Representation: Reading Chicano/a Narratives as Cultural Ethnographies
Jesse Alemán

Teaching Brazilian Civilization: Interdisciplinary and Institutional Pragmatics in Cultural Studies
Piers Armstrong

Part 2: Thematic Practices

The Latin American City: A Cultural Studies Approach
Luis Fernando Restrepo

Cultures of the Lyric and Lyrical Culture: Teaching Poetry and Cultural Studies
Jill S. Kuhnheim

Cultural Studies and Business Spanish: A Critique of Imperialism
Danny J. Anderson

Part 3: Cultural Identities

Drums of Resistance: Hybridization, Cultural Imperialism, and Caribbean Popular Culture in the Classroom
Kirwin R. Shaffer

Surfing the Oblique: Latino / Latin American Cultural Studies in Hawai'i
Joy Logan

An Approach to Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Robert McKee Irwin

Appendix: Sample Course Syllabi

1. The Incas and Other Andean Peoples
Gustavo Verdesio

2. Mexican American Literature
Jesse Alemán

3. Brazilian Culture and Civilization
Piers Armstrong

4. Cities in Latin America
Luis Fernando Restrepo

5. Language and Culture for Business in Spanish America
Danny J. Anderson

6. Before Machismo: Gender and Sexuality in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Mexico
Robert McKee Irwin

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