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GERM 2250 Literature of Migration: Diaspora, Exile, and Home (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Students will analyze how the boundaries between these three ideas, which are at ostensible odds with each other, have collapsed during the ruptures of the twentieth century. How do authors in exile deal with the conflicting desires to return home to a country that does not want them, for example. Students will be introduced to post-colonial theory/-ies of transnationalism to offer entry points to texts across a variety of genres. Of specific interest is the way that fiction allows migrant and post-migrant authors to reflect and position their individual story within a universal framework. The historical scope of the course reaches back to Greek literary nostos (homecoming) and medieval literature to position modern literature from the Holocaust, African Diaspora, and Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with authors including Dante Aligheri, Frantz Fanon, Tony Morrison, Else Lasker-Schüler, Yoko Tawada, Bertolt Brecht, Ghassan Kanafani, Benedict Anderson, Homi Bhabha, and Edward Said.


Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2251

Comments: Conducted in English.

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17