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FLLS 250 Bearing Witness: Testimonial Narratives in the Americas (CORE—Methods of Inquiry/Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 101 or 3 credits from ENGL 110-139 (Second semester—as needed/ 3 credits) 

This course focuses mainly on literary works that deal with historical trauma, memory and political agency. It will cover theoretical aspects of the genre and the problems related to the representation of marginal voices. We will begin with an analysis of hard-line testimonios as a form of resistance against literature and then turn to readings associated with the practices of censorship, repression and border conflicts. A special attempt will be made to show the significance of this narrative and the social and political thought and action it engages.