Fall 2018

Black Mestizx: Gender Variance and Transgender Politics in the Borderlands

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-282  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-248  |  Spanish, as SPAN-242


Sony Coranez Bolton (Section 01)


(Offered as SPAN 242, BLST 282 [CLA] and SWAG 248) Historically speaking, discourses of mestizaje or racial mixture in Latin America, the Philippines, and the US-Mexican borderlands have implicitly or explicitly used “blackness” as a monolithic signifier connoting a perversity and backwardness to be rehabilitated by civilizational uplift. Students in this class will explore queer and trans texts that challenge this tradition and problematize the connection of the transracial to the transgender. Some of the theorists and authors we will engage include: Cathy Cohen, Fernando Ortiz, CLR James, Sylvia Wynter, Jessica Hagedorn, and Junot Díaz. While some class materials will be in English, the course will be conducted in Spanish.

Requisite: SPAN 211 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Professor Coráñez Bolton.

If Overenrolled: Spanish majors will have priority and others will be placed on a waitlist, and selected depending on their interest in the class, progress toward major(s), career-goals, etc


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018