The border between Mexico and the U.S. is a physical space as well as a symbolic one, a place of exchange and hybridity, but also a place of violence and xenophobia. El Paso, Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, and Mexicali are all zones where the North and the South meet, areas of conflict that contemporary literature has profusely portrayed. Writers like Rulfo, Fuentes, Poniatowska, P. Ignacio Taibo II, Roberto Bolaño, Yuri Herrera, and Paz Soldán will serve as a starting point to explore literary representations of this elusive territories. García Canclini, G. Anzaldúa, S. Zizek, and Sayak Valencia will provide the theoretical framework. High-intermediate level; conducted in Spanish.
Corequisite: Students are required to attend Language Series.