Borders, Checkpoints, and the Frontiers of Literature


Borders are some of the most strange, dangerous, and changeable places in the world. They help define not only where we are, but also who we are. This course will read literature from and about border regions around the world: the Mexican-American frontera, the Indian and Pakistani Partition line, the German Iron Curtain, the African colonial borders, and the Israeli-Palestinian divisions. Even if we live far from any international boundary, the notion of the border shapes our thinking about the world. Literature is a place where borders are vividly imagined, marked, and debated in ways that both affect preexisting frontiers and help draw new ones on the ground. We will read all texts in English.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; FA HUM; AR HUM

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Borders, Checkpoints, and the Frontiers of Literature
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