‘Going Native’ in the Americas: Transformation, Appropriation, and Being in the New World

This CTL 110 course offers a comparative exploration of how we perform, fake, and transform identities in the Americas. We will discuss narratives, films, manifestos, and other cultural texts as we watch normative strictures encounter contestatory resistance …which may itself become normative. One of our recurring questions will be: who gets to speak for whom…and how? Which voices are authentic and which are ventriloquists? We will think, read, and interpret up and down the Americas, examining identity fashioning in Spanish America, Brazil, and North America. All texts will be approached in English.