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Loyola offers new courses in Latino culture and philosophy and literature

Loyola press release - November 17, 2007


(New Orleans)— Loyola University New Orleans is offering two new undergraduate courses this spring, one on Latino culture in the U.S. and one combining literature and philosophy.

The Latino culture course is Latina/o and Chicana/o Literature: Resisting Assimilation and Assimilating Resistance, taught by Nathan Henne, Ph.D., and the philosophy and literature class is, From Literary to Marxist Criticism, taught in partnership by Josefa Salmón, Ph.D., and Peter Tillack, Ph.D., who is from Tulane University

In the Latina/o and Chicana/o Literature course (SPAN-V194-002, TR 2-3:15 p.m.), students will study the way in which Latino people’s reactions to U.S. culture have been described in books over the years. These reactions have commonly been described in two ways, integration into or struggle against U.S. culture.

This class will ask students to question the assumption that either integration into or struggle against U.S. culture are the only two correct ways to interpret the descriptions in the books they will be studying. They will do this by focusing on the cultural ways of thinking that affect the lives of these borderlands peoples. Students will also study how these issues may be similar to the way other cultures react to U.S. culture. Nathan Henne, Ph.D., a Loyola assistant professor of modern foreign languages and cultures, will teach the course.

From Literary to Marxist Criticism (SPAN-V194-001, MW 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.), will tie together the philosophical and literary aspects of Japanese literary critic and philosopher, Kôjin Karatani. The class will be taught by Josefa Salmón, Ph.D., professor of modern foreign languages and cultures, and Peter Tillack, Japanese language and culture professor at Tulane University.

Salmón and Tillack shared a common interest in Kôjin Karatani. However Salmón knew Karatani as a philosopher, and Tillack knew him as a literary critic. The two professors wanted to find out what type of thinking would be created from a class that brought together these different areas of thought. They also have invited Karatani to give a public talk in New Orleans in April.

For more information, please contact Nathan Henne at (504) 865-3842 or nchenne@loyno.edu, Peter Tillack at ptillack@tulane.edu, or Josefa Salmón at (504) 865-2692 or salmon@loyno.edu