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.
SPAN 325-DL2 is a distance education section.
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