The Mexico-US Border at El Paso/Ciudad Juárez This course considers the notion of borders and border-crossing in Latin America. It focuses particularly on the discursive construction of the Mexico-US border since 1848, a space which is simultaneously liminal and central in the cultural imagination of the nation-states it bisects. In the course of the term we will consider the treatment and conceptualisation of this 2000 mile-long border in a range of written and visual narratives from north and south. Issues to be discussed will include the trans-nationalisation of identity, questions of gender, hybridity, migration and globalisation, as well as the interplay of poetics and politics in these myriad border narratives.
Week 1 : Introduction to the Mexico-US Border Week 2: Border Theories Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera (1986)