ARAB 253 Narratives of Placement and "Dis-placement" from the Global South (W)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as COMP253
This seminar deals with the theme of placement and "dis-placement" in literature from different sites in the Global South in the late 20th century. Situating the question of placement and uprootedness within multiple historical and cultural contexts in different sites in the Southern hemisphere, the location of much of the "developing world," including the Middle East and North-Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the African Diaspora and the US-Mexico borderland, we will address the following questions: What distinguishes exile from Diaspora? What constitutes "dis-placement"? How do the experiences of up-rootedness and forced migration among Palestinian refugees and Mexican migrant workers (within Mexico and the US; with or without documents) inform our notion of home and belonging? How do the legacy of French colonialism in North Africa and the rise of globalization in Latin America, for example, shed light on the ongoing massive immigration of subjects from the Global South to the North? Our emphasis will be on working together to find avenues for expressing yourselves in writing and other media, such as creating your own blog entries about these topics. In addition to a course reader with selected stories, poems, and critical essays, readings will include: Benyamin's Goat Days, Aimé Césaire's Return to My Native Land, Ghassan Kanafani's Men in the Sun, Mamud Darwish's Journal of an Ordinary Grief, and Laila Lalami's Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, several short response assignments (1-2 pages), one midterm paper (5-6 pages), and final paper (7- 10 pages)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students majoring in Comparative Literature
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Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives, INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3696
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ARAB 253 SEM Lit from the Global South (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Amal Eqeiq
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