Latin American Women Writers

Fall 2021
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course. In order for first year students to complete registration, you will also need to register for the Greener Foundations sections specifically designed to work with this academic program using CRN 10107.

In recent decades, Latin America has become well known beyond its borders for compelling, politically urgent, and aesthetically vibrant literary works. Contemporary writings by Latin American women, increasingly available in English translation, challenge preconceptions about gender and sexuality in the region while also addressing critical issues of politically motivated violence, collective memory, intersecting oppressions, language, spirituality, democratization, and social change. This program seeks to foster greater understanding of the region and its diverse peoples and perspectives.

We will read novels, poetry, short stories, and testimonials by Latin American (indigenous, mestiza, Afro-Latina) women writers, focusing on legacies of colonialism, authoritarianism, and neoliberalism, as well as projects for contesting recent histories. We will situate our literary analysis within the historical and political events that shape Latin American women’s texts, and examine their critique of masculinist narratives that justify domination and exclude women’s voices. We will also examine women's and feminist movements in the region. Students will write literary analyses and some creative work, and will conduct research on a writer of their choice. Through this study, students will consider the impact of political, economic, and cultural forces on Latin American women's lives and literary production while also examining literary and film representations as potential sites of resistance.

Students enrolled for 16 credits will be able to choose ONE of two in-program modules: 4-credits of Advanced/Advanced Intermediate Spanish: The Spanish module will be conducted entirely in Spanish.  We will engage with the writers and readings in the ongoing program, along with short texts that complement each week's material; we will also review grammar and expand communicative capacities in written and spoken Spanish. OR 4-credits of Latin American Cinema Series (first-year students enrolled for 14 will do half of this for 2 credits): The cinema module will engage with films by and about women, thematically connected to each week’s material in the overall program. Students not enrolled in the main program core may enroll in the modules, with faculty approval.  

Program activities will occur on-line, and students will need reliable internet access and a computer or other device with a video connection to participate in our program. Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous on-line sessions (8-12 hours per week). Synchronous sessions will be recorded for asynchronous access.


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10041
Fr (14): 10044

Academic details

Preparatory For

cross-cultural work, international studies, writing, and education

Variable Credit Options

Variable credit options are available, including taking individual 4-credit components of the program (Advanced/Advanced Intermediate Spanish or Latin American Cinema), with faculty approval. Please contact the faculty for additional information and permission to register

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$75 for a required program leader and expenses tied to virtual field trips


Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting



Date Revision
2021-09-21 This program will now be held entirely online (was hybrid).