Honors | Global Identities (HON)
H203 | 17587 | Edward Gubar
Globalization and free trade erase national boundaries.
Transnational corporate policy outgoverns governments. Growing
international migration and urbanization continue to complicate
world demographic issues. Such ongoing changes alter, inform,
infect, enhance, diminish, ruin, ennoble, make possible, or
impossible, the lives of individuals. Such changes have also
influenced the subjects and themes of fiction, especially during the
last 25 or so years.
What’s home? Where’s home? Is exile geographic or psychic? Who am I?
Are we all strangers in strange lands? How will I manage? What shall
I do? Such questions abound in literature from a wide variety of
writers from diverse backgrounds. How does it feel to be an Algerian
born and living in an ethnic ghetto outside Paris? How do young
Jewish or Greek or Latin immigrants come to terms with America? How
does it feel to be a Czech finally returning to a free homeland? An
Indian teenager living in the Bronx? A Japanese-American discovering
Japan? A Vietnamese cooking for Gertrude Stein in Paris?
Let’s find out.
(Very) Tentative reading list (subject to change and abridgement):
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
Middlesex, Gregory Eugenides
Call it Sleep, Henry Roth
Ignorance, Milan Kundera
Loukoum the Little Prince of Belleville, Calixthe Beyala
So Vast a Prison, Assia Djebar
A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul
The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
Born Confused, Tanuja Desai Hidier
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Turning Japanese : Memoirs of a Sansei, David Mura
The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
Remembering Babylon, David Malouf
Two papers and a final.
Directed discussion format.