Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: Immigrant Fictions: Belonging and Placelessness in Contemporary European Literature

Fall Term, 2017-2018

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

  • CRN 12802: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ ESL 107

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance multicultural class. If you have already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance multicultural class.

This class will explore the contemporary landscape of immigration in twenty first century Europe from the perspective of novelists and poets.  We’ll explore the history of immigration since about 1950 as a means to understand the current social, cultural, political situation.  Issues will include the passage, the challenges and pleasure of biculturalism, bilingualism, issues such as belonging, translation and exile.