ENGL289Z - Aliens, Exiles, Immigrants: Literature and Emigration
0101-0104 - Jason R Rudy
The world as we know it has been shaped by immigration; we are all, in different ways, products of global dislocations. “Aliens, Exiles, Immigrants” will explore the ideas, beliefs, and aspirations that immigrants carry from one nation to another. The course will think about different ways of understanding national and cultural identities, and in what ways the experiences of immigration have changed significantly over time. We will read both historical and contemporary immigrant writing, including post-9/11 poetry and fiction; memoirs of nineteenth-century British emigrants to South Africa, Australia, and Canada; literature by emigrants from Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America now living in the United States; and writing by individuals displaced by war, famine, and political conflict. Our conversations will be shaped by several short articles on the politics of immigration and citizenship, and our questions will be guided by historical and contemporary arguments for and against immigration and assimilation. Authors include Marilyn Chin, David Malouf, Mohja Kahf, Mohsin Hamid, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Epiphanie Mukasano, and Anthony Kwame Appiah. Assignments will include three short essays, a group presentation, and a final exam.