Learn more about: Border Crisis?
This text explores the law and creation behind the US- Mexico border, and how the rhetoric surrounding it was born. It details how stories affect the rhetoric, and what that does to facts and reality. The text posits that stories can “shape the attitude, experience, and behavior of others,” and we see this on a daily basis playing out in our current political climate. Someone who reads Signs Preceding the End of the World who doesn’t have an extensive knowledge of conditions at the border may take Makina’s story– risky, though successful– as fact for all. This simply isn’t the reality, though, as everyone has their own experience crossing and too often we hear crime stories that make the news and prescribe them to everyone’s experience.
Learn more about: Functions of Mexican Literature.
This article addresses how multifaceted Mexican lit is, crediting the “dramatic history” and “political upheaval” as not only major sources of inspiration, but for the fluctuation of writing trends. Here, you can also learn about major Mexican authors that have served to influence today’s contemporaries.
Learn more about: US/Mexico Relations: Then to Now.
The US and Mexico have an extensive history that fluctuates with the strength of their interdependence. Here, you can view an interactive timeline of some of the most important events in US/Mexico history that have contributed to tension, turmoil, growth, and immigration, beginning at 1810 when Mexico claimed its independence.
Zoe James-Collins ’19