ENGL 104
Borders, Migration, and the Literatures of Displacement Fall 2023
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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In this course we will read literature that is about migration experiences, border-crossings, and various forms of colonial displacement. Our aim in reading such literature will be not merely to study the problem of borders, displacement, and forced migration from a top-down perspective (like that of the analyst who, for the best of reasons, seeks to understand an issue in order to resolve it); but to shift our own perspective away from a position that assumes that the problem is not truly ours in the first place to deal with. While the contemporary issue of global migration and its particular manifestations in and around the site of the U.S.-Mexico border will be a central component of this course, our readings will not be limited to texts that deal exclusively with the historical present or the U.S.-Mexico border alone. As such, readings will likely include work by figures such as: Américo Paredes, Gloria Anzaldúa, Jason De León, Carmen Boullosa, Héctor Tobar, Javier Zamora, Tayeb Salih, Karen Tei Yamashita, Amara Lakhous, and others.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1810
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: at least 20 pages of writing, regular homework assignments, class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who do not have a 5 on the AP and have not previously taken a 100-level English class
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: The instructor will provide written feedback on student work. Students will receive timely feedback on essay assignments with suggestions for improvement and will revise their essays.
DPE Notes: This course offers students the opportunity to think critically about the experiences of socially marginalized groups throughout the globe with a particular emphasis on the Latin American diaspora in the U.S. It emphasizes forms and experiences of displacement produced by the histories of European colonialism and U.S. imperialism.
Attributes: LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect

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