On The Border: Chicana/o, American, and Mexican Literatures and Cinemas|
Fall 2017 not offered
The U.S.-Mexico border as militarized zone. The border as desert wasteland. As ground for incarceration complexes for the illegal and unassimilable. As burial ground. The U.S. national media frequently flashes these images today in its representations of the ongoing war on drug cartels. These images form part of a chain that tightens around the lived experience of different peoples of the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico, one that is linked to a dominant desire to erase the historical nuances of transitivity, movement, and exchange in the region. This course will consider some of the literary and cinematic representations of the border and of the way they respond to the ideology and history of citizenship, exclusion, and oppression.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Selections will be made from:
Cormac McCarthy, BORDER TRILOGY
Roberto Bolaño, 2666
Sergio González, THE FEMICIDE MACHINE
Rolando Hinojosa, KLAIL CITY DEATH TRIP series
Gloria Anzaldúa, BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA
Martha Menchaca, RECOVERING HISTORY, CONSTRUCTING RACE
Fiction and documentary films may include: Touch of Evil, El Norte, No Country for Old Men, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Babel, Y tu mamá también, Sin Nombre, and Purgatorio.
We will also discuss myths of banditry prevalent in musical corridos.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short essays, one peer-editing written piece/intervention, final research essay
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference and Theory requirements and contributes to the Race & Ethnicity and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.