FRLN 330: Topics in World Literature

(Fall 2022)


Section Information for Fall 2022

In this course we will learn basic notions and concepts in border studies, immigration studies, intersectionality theory and human rights discourse, and will apply them to the study of literary and autobiographical texts, films and documentaries about the experience of crossing borders. Films and readings will focus on crossings of the US-Mexico border, the borders of Europe and Australia, and the experience of migrants from Mexico and Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. Films may include ¡Alambrista! (1977), El Norte (1984), Sleep Dealer (2008), Aguilas (2021), Frontières (2002), Human Flow (2017), Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time (2017), and relevant scenes from classical 20th-century movies and documentaries about migration. Readings include Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera (1987), selections from Jason De León’s The Land of Open Graves (2015), and Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains (2019). Main objectives of this course include fostering comparative critical thinking, interdisciplinary research, and ethical commitment in the study of cultural production.

FRLN 330-DL1 is a distance education section.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major works of world literature with varying perspectives and topics, such as specific cultures, histories, myths, or music and the arts, as represented in literature. Notes: May be repeated when topic differs with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 101 and 45 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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