Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Since 1848, the border between the United States of America and Mexico has posed a cultural enigma. The literature of the people inhabiting this area reflects the diverse and complex society that has evolved over a period spanning almost 200 years. We will begin by reading selections from Neil Foley’s Mexicans in the Making of America and Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera in order to locate ourselves geographically. We will then read a variety of contemporary Mexican and Latinx writers, whose work confronts the border from different perspectives and literary genres which may include: Octavio Paz, Ada Limón, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Yuri Herrera, Carlos Fuentes, Tomás Rivera, Gloria Anzaldúa, Valera Luiselli, and Jeanine Cummins. We will also consider film (Chulas Fronteras, Espaldas mojadas, Backyard/El traspatio, Sin Nombre, A Touch of Evil) and music from the borderlands to aid in our study of this complex area of the world. Evaluation will be based on engagement with the materials and discussion, weekly written responses, a midterm essay and a final project.



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