COMP 244
Mediterranean Journeys
Last Offered Spring 2019
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed GBST 244 / COMP 244
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Though European border management today seeks to limit and control movement, the Mediterranean region is a historical site of mediation between cultural differences and religious views. This course centers primarily on the works of the so-called “migrant intellectuals and artists” who have emerged from the Mediterranean region to become a significant part of the new voice of Europe. Borrowing from Deleuze and Guattari’s definition of “minor literature” as a literature that a “minority constructs within a major language” and in which “language is affected with a high coefficient of deterritorialization,” we explore the political, cultural and anthropological effects of such literature in today’s European public discourse. Behind the medium of a national language, new cultures and identities are claiming inclusion into the core of the social fabric by speaking out from a marginal position. We read both literary works (Ali Farah, Guene, Lakhous, Scego) and critical theory (Cassano, Chambers, Fanon, Hall, Theo Goldberg); we also analyze films and documentaries (Carpignano, Crialese, Godard).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3495
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly writing assignments, midterm and final exams, final paper, oral presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 244 Division II COMP 244 Division I
DPE Notes: Within the theoretical framework of postcolonial studies, this course examines themes such as: race; Europe and its postcolonial legacy; power imbalances in the current European policies of migration; the urban space of Rome as site of conflictual representations of center/periphery.

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