Undocumented America in Literature


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.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
Cross-Listed As
  • CULANTH 329S
  • LIT 329S
  • LSGS 330S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring