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SPAN 6683 Crossing Borders: Frontiers and Identities in Latin American Literature (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Broadly defined, a frontier is a border-line or the dividing mark separating two countries and through which a community identifies itself in relation to their own territory and in opposition to others. Created to separate, frontiers are also bridges, spaces of exchange in which peoples, cultures, languages, and markets encounter and dialogue. By exploring narratives of fenced political borders, dislocated sovereignties, gated vs. marginalized communities, bilingualism and the politics of language, and gendered relations south of the border, this course will study the different meanings of frontier. Drawing on current examples, such as the US-Mexico border, we will look at different texts, films, music, visual arts, performance, cartography and testimonies that address the question of frontiers in order to explore ideas of identity, race, class, language, and citizenship in Latin America. Authors may include Gloria Anzaldua, Junot Diaz, Mayra Santos, and Mexican corridos.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cinthya Torres

Prerequisites: Contextos, concurrent enrolment in Contextos, or permission of instructor

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Spanish. Fulfills post-1800 Latin American requirement for major.


Last Updated: 30-Mar-16