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Course Registration

Narratives of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Fall 2019
In Session
1 PM - 3 PM
October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2019


Main Campus



Please Note: This course is located in the Dorothy Rubel Room on the Main UA Campus NOT in Oro Valley as was originally advertised.

The U.S.-Mexico borderlands have for over 400 years been the subject of numerous Spanish, Mexican, Mexican-American, Native-American, and Anglo-American writers and artists. From early accounts of exploration to more recent narratives, this course looks at this region’s diverse dimensions—culture, society, language, demography, and geopolitics. It mainly focuses on Mexican and Mexican-American narrative fiction and nonfiction, poetry, film, and music over the past two decades.  Among their creators are Sandra Cisneros, Carlos Fuentes, Leslie Marmon Silko, Luis Alberto Urrea, Alvaro “Tito” Ríos (Arizona’s first poet laureate), and Norma Cantú. All selections will be in the original English or in translation.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

Watch the video to learn more about this course: 

Required Reading: 

Tom Miller. Writing on the Edge. A Borderlands Reader (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2003, or any later edition)

Luis Alberto Urrea. The Devil’s Highway. A True Story. (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005, or any later edition)

  • Selections from the following PDFs will be distributed electronically to all enrolled students: Herencia PDF, Canícula PDF, Border Readings PDF, Almanac of the Dead PDF

Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

CHARLES TATUM is Emeritus Professor of Spanish at the University of Arizona. He served as dean of the College of Humanities from 1993 to 2008. Tatum has published or coauthored several books. With Harold E. Hinds, Jr., he cofounded Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. Tatum has also edited or coedited several anthologies on Mexican-American literature and popular culture.

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