SPAN 325: Major Hispanic Writers

(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.


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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of the works of major Hispanic writers in translation. Writers studied vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGH 101 or equivalent.
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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