Literature of the Borderlands

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:00pm

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Class Meetings: Six consecutive Tuesdays, August 29-October 3, from 6:00-8:00PM, in the Poetry Center Conference Room 207.

During the Cold War, Carl Jung observed that it had become “a political and social duty” to perceive “the other as the very devil, so as to fascinate the outward eye and prevent it from looking at the individual life within.”

With our contemporary moment and its rhetoric focusing on travel bans and walls, migrants and refugees, there is perhaps no more important time for us to reflect upon what it means to each of us that we live in the U.S. borderlands.

Over the course of this six-week seminar, we will mostly read and discuss, with weekly chances to share written responses—be they imitations or reflections—to the course’s readings. The readings will be fiction and nonfiction texts that focus primarily on the U.S./Mexico borderlands, as well as some with a more global perspective. Authors include Juan Rulfo, Cristina Rivera Garza, Sara Uribe, Dino Buzzati, and J. M. Coetzee.

This class is ideal for writers who would like to deepen their reading about the questions of this region; for readers who want to write and discuss their way through shared conversations; and for anyone who is looking to spend some time in these big subjects with the authors listed above.