ENGL428L - Seminar in Language and Literature; Fictions of Asylum/Asylum Fictions
The figure of the migrant, the refugee, the asylum seeker haunts our contemporary political and literary landscape. In this course, we will read a wide range of fiction from around the world that engages with representations of such figures. While we will discuss issues of citizenship, human rights, an ethics of hospitality, planetary  thought, the course will concentrate more on how certain literary forms are manipulated and genres distorted to render the way we live now and the way we may live in a planet that we have only begun to comprehend. We will read critical, philosophical, and theoretical essays alongside the primary readings. Class requirements will include a presentation, class participation, a short essay on a theoretical text, and a 12-15 page research paper. Novels may include the following: 
Signs Preceding the End of the World--Yuri Herrera
Baumgartner’s Bombay--Anita Desai
Go, Went, Gone--Jenny Erpenbeck
Exit West--Mohsin Hamid
The Story of a Brief Marriage--Anuk Arudpragasam
The Sympathizer--Viet Thanh Nguyen
Autumn--Ali Smith
The Underground Railroad--Colson Whitehead
The Year of the Flood--Margaret Atwood
Happiness--Aminatta Forna
Prerequisites: Junior Standing. For ENGLISH majors only. Permission of Honors Director. To learn more about the English Honors Program click here