Walsh University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013
SPAN 406 Definitions of Gender in Hispanic Culture 3 sem. hrs.
DV: This course explores classical and Renaissance constructs of gender as well as recent deconstruction and resistance to those definitions in Spain and Latin America through a variety of sources including essays, medical, philosophical and religious discourses, narrative fiction, poetry and theater, films, music and painting. Topics to be addressed include essentials and constructivist notions of gender (both feminine and masculine); female and masculine body as cultural constructs; gender and honor in the Hispanic culture; motherhood and family traditions; What is machismo?; How does machismo bear on femininity?; What are practical implications of an ideological division according to activity and passivity?; positive and negative feminine icons such as La Malinche, La Virgen de La Guadalupe and Frida Kahlo in Mexican culture; gay and women's resistance and challenges to the notions of gender identity that come from the margins of dominant culture. Next offered, SP-12.
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