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SLAV 2062 Exile and Literature (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Vladimir Nabokov once stated: "All writers emigrate to their art and stay therein." Is this equally true for exiles from Eastern and Central Europe, Latin and North America, the Caribbean, India? What are some of the aesthetic, geopolitical, cultural, and spiritual conditions that define a writer in exile? We shall explore these questions by closely reading and discussing works of fiction, poetry, and memoir by such remarkable literary figures as Kundera, Nabokov, Naipaul, Sebald, I. B. Singer, Gertrude Stein and others. We shall pay special attention to questions of ethnic, religious, and sexual displacement that engender exilic writing.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

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Comments: All readings and classes are in English


Last Updated: 14-Dec-17