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ENGL 1712 Roots & Routes: Reading Identity, Migration, and Culture (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

We will read texts by 21st-century writers who have emigrated to the US as children or young adults, as well as portraits of immigrant communities. We will encounter recurrent themes around diaspora, exile, choice, national and transnational identities. Looking closely at language itself, we will think about multilingualism in the twinned contexts of our texts and the students’ own linguistic experiences. Students will perform literary analysis through informal and formal writing assignments. They will make a vodcast that arises out of the field research they do in the Writing Seminar and go on several field trips into immigrant communities.


Instructor(s): Elizabeth Graver

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions. For freshmen only
This course welcomes students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Advanced English-language learners and OTE students are especially encouraged to register. Interested students should contact for permission to enroll.


Last Updated: 01-May-17