plus Exkursion zu einer Ausstellung und einem Symposium in Luxemburg am 20.05.2022
This seminar will explore a series of literary representations that focus on border territories, border crossings, and intercultural spaces of in-betweenness. Taking our cue from Chicana border theory, we will look at different border experiences, comparing texts from the U.S.-Mexican border and the U.S.-Canadian border within a transhemispheric paradigm. Focusing on the multiple interdependencies between the United States, Canada, and their neighbors in the Americas, we will talk about a great variety of texts which deal with borders, ranging from literary texts that deal with or are set in borderlands spaces (e.g. Chicanx literature, Native American/First Nations literature) to films (e.g. Frozen River), and other cultural productions and border performances (e.g. the artwork of Guillermo Peña).
Rodolfo Gonzales. I am Joaquín/Yo Soy Joaquín (1972)
Sandra Cisneros’s short story ”Woman Hollering Creek” (1991)
Guillermo Verdecchia’s Fronteras Americanas/American Borders (1997)
Thomas King’s short story ”Borders” (1993)
Courtney Hunt, dir. Frozen River (2008)
This class will include a funded day-trip to Luxembourg on May 20, 2022 in order to visit the exhibition „Zoe Leonard. Al río / To the River” (Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean) and attend the symposium ”Riverine Borders: On Rivers and Other Border Materialities.”
Course requirements: oral presentation, term paper.
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