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There are an estimated 150 million Afro-descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean. This course will explore Black identity and the politics of race in the Spanish- speaking world. Students will examine literary and cultural works that provide historical, political, and social context for how people of African descent negotiate transcultural spaces in the U.S. and Latin America. While centering Blackness, students will also consider intersections of gender, class, and sexuality. National, geographical, and linguistic identities will be the basis for further study of this historically marginalized and racialized group. Other topics include African influence in music, religious syncretism, (mis)representation, and other -isms.