Undocumented America in Literature

CULANTH 329S

This seminar explores the representation of lived experiences, trajectories, and current events vis-à-vis the figure of the undocumented migrant, in contemporary American literature. Testimonial accounts, journalism chronicles, memoirs, poetry, cinematic works, and critical scholarship inform and propel our study of the experience of (“illegal”) migrant movement––departure, journey, and arrival––as portrayed in Latino and Latina literature. We will question status designations such as “illegal,” “undocumented,” and “unauthorized”; “legitimacy” and recognition; the inadmissible and the construction of “suspect” bodies; social participation in US society. Instructor: Milian
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • LIT 329S
  • LSGS 330S
  • ROMST 330S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring