2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
    Dec 14, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin

SPAN 5400 - Borderlands



Goals: To explore the Hispanic experience in the territories now comprised by the United States through literature written primarily in Spanish by Hispanic writers. Our exploration will focus on the contrasting experiences of Hispanics in the U.S. who are either native to this land, immigrants, or exiles. We will delve into how these contrasting experiences articulate with the intersecting issues of gender, race, class and nationality. For this we will need to understand, for example, the importance iconic female figures such as La Llorona, la Malinche, and la Virgen de Guadalupe have for Hispanic communities inside and outside the U.S. Other culturally relevant symbols, stereotypes, and tropes will also come into play. Ultimately, through readings and film viewing, we will attempt to interpret and understand the cross-cultural Borderlands experiences, bringing into sharp relief the meaning that border and frontier have from the Hispanic perspective.

Content: En otra voz: Antología de la literatura hispana de los Estados Unidos, N. Kanellos, ed. Readings in Spanish and English from various well-known and little-known Spanish and Hispanic writers from the time of first contact to the present day. Other reading material provided through Blackboard. Relevant films. Graded material includes tests, oral presentations and a final paper.

Taught: Periodically

Recommended prerequisite: SPAN 3900 or equivalent

Credits: 4