Current Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses that fulfill LACS Cluster Requirements

Note: This is a preliminary list. Please check CAESAR for up to date course information.

Fall 2017

ENGLISH 471-0-20 – Studies in American Literature: Border Literature 

M 2pm – 4:50pm
John Cutler

Course Description: 

The US-Mexico border has been the site of intense cultural conflict since the mid-nineteenth century. It marks both the connection and the division between two nations, and many of our most fraught conversations concern whether the border should be a bridge or a wall. As an entry point into these conversations, this course will survey literature and film centering on the US-Mexico border. Students will become familiar with the history of the border, beginning with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848 and extending through NAFTA and up to the current political climate. Together we will consider how the border has become such a potent site for contemporary mythmaking, a flashpoint for anxieties about race, labor, gender, and sexuality.

HISTORY 405-0-20 – Seminar in Historical Analysis: Borderlands 

T 2pm – 4:50pm
Geraldo Cadava

Course Description: 

We will read recent works about borders and borderlands around the world in order to compare the similarities and differences between them, and to gain an understanding of "borderlands" history as a field of study and methodological approach. The themes we will explore include the demarcation of borders at different times and places; the ethnic and national groups that come together in cooperation and conflict along internal, regional, or international boundaries; and border architecture. We also will address different legal regimes and differential power relations in border regions; immigration, citizenship, human rights, and sovereignty; nationalism, transnationalism, and internationalism; openings and closings of borders; and the multiple meanings and locations of borderlands. For your final assignment, you will write a 10-page essay about how your current research agenda (your 570, 580, dissertation projects) might incorporate a borderlands approach. Other than that, I expect you to attend each session, and come prepared to engage your classmates in a conversation about the weekly readings.

SPANPORT 480-0-1 – Topics in Latin American and/or Iberian Literature and Culture

Th 2pm – 4:50pm
Cesar Braga-Pinto

Course Description:

In this course, we will discuss works by Brazilian writers ranging from the abolition of slavery (1888) and the proclamation of the Republic (1889), to the 1920’s avant-garde movements. We will be particularly interested in understanding the debates on modernity and imitation of French culture at the turn of the century, and the extent to which post-1922 Modernism, and the anthropophagic movement in particular, represented a solution for the anxieties and aspirations of the writers of the period. The course is organized in conjunction with the conference Beyond Anthropophagy: Cultural Modernities between Brazil and France (October 20th). Reading knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is helpful, but not required.