Jun 22, 2024  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
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SPAN 385 - Frontera: The U.S./Mexico Border

Cross-Listed as AMST 445  and LATI 385  
The border region between the United States and Mexico exists as both a physical space and an ideological construct. This seminar uses literary and filmic narratives to explore issues of identity, opportunity, and violence that arise from this contested space. How does the border shape individual and cultural identities? In what ways does the border create opportunities for both advancement and exploitation? How do these works engage conflicts and tensions of race, nationalism, gender, and power? The course will include writers and filmmakers from both countries, and we will read original texts both in Spanish and English. This course satisfies the Area 2 requirement for the Spanish major. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 308  or consent of the instructor. Generally taught alternate years. (4 Credits)