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IDS 250W Narratives of Migration: From Islamic Spain to the US/Mexico Border (1)

By examining translated literary works originally written in Spanish, this transatlantic and transhistorical course will explore the representation of displacement, imperialism, and racism in both medieval Spain and in the contemporary border in northern Mexico. From the expulsion of Jews and Muslims in inquisitorial premodern Spain to the anti-migratory policies in the US in the 21st century, this class will examine political, religious, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural frontiers and how authors have exposed and challenged them at both sides of the ocean in distinctive historical moments. In addition to literature, this course will also study other artistic representations of the border—such as art and films—and their role in the construction of identity in order to provide a starting point for critical exploration, discussion, and activism. Taught in English.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Arts & Humanities; World Engagement: PDE
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Montero

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