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

Hugo Santos-Gomez hugos at umail.ucsb.edu
Sat Dec 20 18:02:03 EST 2008

I would add:

Juan Rulfo?s short story: Paso del Norte (in The Burning Plain)

Jorge A. Bustamante: Cruzar la Linea, the chapter on Don Chano is a  
vivid and well written ethnography of the challenging trek to go  
across the border. This text has a literary value that transcends its  
ethnographic character; it is Bustamante?s dissertation in book format  
(Mexican Immigration and the Social Relations of Capitalism)

Maria Novaro?s film: El Jardin del Eden (The Garden of Eden) The  
border, the migrants and people in between.

Hugo Santos-Gomez
PhD Candidate
Dept. of Anthropology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3210

Quoting Hilary Dick <hdick at temple.edu>:

> 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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