Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • HS - Human Studies

Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Displacement, disappearance, deportation, exile, and return in New Writing: how do storytellers relate, relive, and re-create displacement from war, emigration, anti-immigration discourses, voluntary or coerced exile, or racial, ethnic, and religious conflicts? What emotional truths do new novels, poems, short stories, and essays reflect—from anger to “otherness” to nostalgia to numbness—when the self and its homeland are separated? Are one or more homelands foundational to identity formation? How do fiction and nonfiction convey refugee experiences and their aftermath? Finally, how are migratory journeys of geography and selfhood accompanied by related trauma, impactful on different generations and changes in the social and political spectrum - and do they evolve as “a disassembly of the heart and excavation of a new identity” in recent writing?

Readings include material by twenty-first-century writers from every continent, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Claire G. Coleman, Daša Drndic, Isabella Hammad, Cristina Henríquez, Amitav Kumar, Kyun-sook Shin, Valeria Luiselli, Geovani Martins, Imbolo Mbue, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Julie Otsuka, Salman Rushdie, Pajtim Statovci, and Shahla Ujayli.

Students will be assessed on engaged participation, two short papers, one presentation in any medium, and a final essay, story, poem, or play.



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