ENGL433 - American Literature: 1914 to the Present, the Modern Period

We will examine the formation of the U.S.-Mexico border through a comparative perspective, beginning with discourses of settlement, partition, and citizenship in the aftermath of the Mexican American War of 1848. Our second historical landmark is the 1942 Bracero Program and the construction of the Mexican laboring body as a threat and source of xenophobic sentiment. We will also examine the rise of Chicanismo in the U.S., and multicultural social movements in the Civil Rights context. We will then proceed with the study of border discourses in the present, when the logic of surveillance, violence, and have been applied to the study of U.S.-Mexico border spaces. We will study the border within a history of militarization and neo-liberal market practices that shape the American hemisphere. Texts include: Jovita Gonzalez's, Caballero, AmĂ©rico Paredes's, With His Pistol in His Hand, Luis Valdez's, Zoot Suit, Gloria AnzaldĂșa's, Borderlands/La Frontera, Carlos Fuentes's, The Crystal Frontier, and Karen Tei Yamashita's, Tropic of Orange.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.