Who speaks in a text? What relationship exists between literature/text, language, identity, knowledge, power and subjectivities? How have authors portrayed themselves in contexts of slavery, political, gender and sexual violence, incarceration, disease and stigmatization? This class poses and tries to answer these and other questions by studying a Latin American corpus of autobiographies, diaries, memoires, testimonies and self-figurative poetry produced between the seventeenth century and the present, by Kahlo, Kincaid, Manzano, Lemebel, Pizarnik, Sor Juana, among others, alongside current critical theories about biopolitics and self-representation. Prereq: Two 200-level Spanish courses above SPAN-212.