LATINOAM 301 - Topics in Latina/o Studies
Section: 002 Literature of the Undocumented
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Latina/o American Studies (LATINOAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Stories of undocumented immigrants are often couched in terms of silence and invisibility, using expressions like “living in the shadows” and “under the radar.” Many Immigrant rights activists, on the other hand, resist this silence and invisibility and see storytelling as a political act that makes the humanity of the undocumented impossible to ignore. This class is about the politics and literature of visibility in narratives that reveal undocumented lives. The texts we will study illuminate the people and circumstances behind undocumented immigration, the policies that make documentation precarious and out of reach, and the sweeping generalizations and dehumanization behind terms like “illegal alien.”

Beginning with Cristina Henriquez’s novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, we will explore how the literature of immigration has created a space for narrating undocumented lives. We will explore how shifting states of documentation - and the consequences of those shifting states - are rendered visible in fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, oral histories, and works of visual art.

Course Requirements:

Weekly readings, attendance, class participation, short writing assignments, and a final project.

Intended Audience:

This class is ideal for anyone interested in thinking critically about literature through the lens of social justice.

LATINOAM 301 - Topics in Latina/o Studies
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002 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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