Fwd: [URBANTH-L]References Request--MX-US Migration

Gilberto Rosas grosas2 at uiuc.edu
Fri Dec 19 16:45:39 EST 2008

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From: Gilberto Rosas <grosas2 at uiuc.edu>
Date: Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 12:49 PM
Subject: Re: [URBANTH-L]References Request--MX-US Migration
To: Hilary Dick <hdick at temple.edu>

Hi Hilary,
a few names come immediately to mind:
Ruben martinez early 2000s text. I believe its entitled Crossing Over.
Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands/La Frontera
Benjamin Saenz has a short story entitled "Exile"

These authors are creative writers of the borderlands condition.

And a great documentary film to show is Farmingville.

Best Wishes and Good Luck,

Gilberto Rosas
Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor
Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
University of Chicago

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
and Latina/o Studies Program
University of Illinois

(773) 834-8736
grosas at uchicago.edu

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM, Hilary Dick <hdick at temple.edu> wrote:

> Dear Colleagues:
> I am writing to ask for suggestions on non-social science readings on
> Mexico-US migration. These suggestions are for an interdisciplinary
> course in the humanities I will teach this spring.
> My syllabus already covers the key anthropological and sociological
> literature on Mexico-US migration, but I need to include more
> "humanistic" readings. Unfortunately, I am not as familiar as I would
> like with the literature on Mexico-US migration in the humanities, so
> any recommendations on readings from literature, cultural studies, and
> so on—including novels and poetry—are most welcome. Also, if you have
> any favorite movies to recommend, I am interested in that as well. For
> your information, I have included a brief course description after my
> signature.
> Thank you for your time and help—and Happy Holidays.
> Yours Sincerely,
> Hilary Parsons Dick, PhD
> Humanities Fellow, 2008-2009
> Center for the Humanities
> Temple University
> http://www.temple.edu/humanities/
> hdick at temple.edu
> Phone - 215-204-6386
> Fax - 215-204-8371
> COURSE TITLE--Words of Passage: Interpreting Mexico-US Migration
> Using the tools of narrative and discourse analysis, this course will
> examine the motifs, themes, and ideological frameworks that recur in
> discussions and representations of Mexico-US migration. In so doing,
> the course will examine images and ideas about migration found not
> only in scholarship, but also in non-fiction essays, novels, poetry,
> visual art, the news, and movies. These materials are selected in
> order to make the experiences of migrants palpable. As part of this,
> the course will consider some of the major economic and political
> factors that shape migration patterns, placing contemporary Mexico-US
> migration in its historical context. It will also investigate the
> socio-cultural beliefs and practices inform migration processes.
> Finally, it will use art and literature that captures the affective,
> psychological, and spiritual aspects of migration to convey the
> traumas and exhilarations that accompany it.
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