Territorial Fictions: Space, Borders, and Boundaries in Latin American Writing (1850-1930)


As Edward Soja asserts in the introduction to Postmodern Geographies, the concept of space has not traditionally received the same level of crticial attention as time. Nonetheless, the two are inexorably intertwined and have had equally substantial impact on the development of literary and cultural expressions.

In this course, we will examine the representation of space and movement in Latin American writing from the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries. We will pay particular attention to the role of limits or boundaries, in terms of national borders and social barriers/mobility.


Students will be expected to purchase or obtain copies of all assigned novels. Secondary critical and theoretical readings will be made available electronically or distributed in class.

In addition to this website, we will be using Moodle for assignments, announcements, distribution of materials, and weekly discussions.



Chile, 19C.

El Padre Hidalgo, Grito de Dolores

Important Dates

Sept 6, “Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture at 25

2nd floor, Levis Faculty Center, 9AM-5PM

Sept 19-20, “Textures of Technology

Levis Faculty Center

Sept 25, Michael Hardt, “The Common”

3rd floor, Levis Faculty Center, 8-10PM

Latin American Film Festival,

Other Announcements


Course Description


Readings and assignments may be updated throughout the semester. Please check back regularly for updates.