English | Literatures in English 1900-Present
E304 | 2016 | Foster

4:00p-5:15p TR (30) 3 cr


The topic of this course will be "Exile, Diaspora, and Immigration:
Changing Models of Cross-Cultural Movement."  The focus of the course will
be on comparing the different ways that 20th-century literary schools,
with their different concepts of authorship and of the value and status of
literature itself, have been defined in terms of cross-cultural movement.
We will begin with the modernist movement, and its models of exile and
expatriatism.  The course will also pay particular attention to
African-American and possibly Caribbean literature (primarily poetry) as a
form of diasporic culture produced by the African slave trade.  We will
end with a focus on postmodern literature and its rhetorics of
border-crossing, nomadism, and migrancy.

Within this general framework, it will be necessary for us to consider a
number of other topics, including the specific relation of women to these
models of travel and cultural movement, given the stereotypical
association of women with some idea of "home," and the role of
colonization and decolonization movements in the formulation of models of
cross-cultural movement.  As time permits, we may also consider the
contemporary emergence of transnationalism, especially as it is fueled by
the emergence of new communications technologies such as the Internet and
World Wide Web, as well as the genre of the road novel in the U.S., as a
form of internal cross-cultural movement among different segments of the
population.  It is very likely that the course will end with some
consideration of popular responses to debates about immigration, such as
an episode of THE SIMPSONS.

Assignments will likely consist of one short interpretive essay, one
longer research paper, midterm and final exams, and short response papers
(1-2 pages).

Assigned readings will probably include some critical essays, including
selections from Caren Kaplan's QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL and Paul Gilroy's THE
BLACK ATLANTIC, as well as essays by Mary Louise Pratt on the idea of the
"contact zone," Shari Benstock on women writers and exile, Salman Rushdie
on exile, and Masao Miyoshi on transnationalism.

Primary texts will consist of 8-10 books chosen from the following list:
James Joyce, a portrait of the artist as young man, Joseph Conrad, HEART
OF DARKNESS, Sylvia Townsend Warner, LOLLY WILLOWES, Ernest Hemingway, THE
Johnson, MIDDLE PASSAGE, James Baldwin, ANOTHER COUNTRY, Ishmael Reed,
MUMBO JUMBO, Chinua Achebe, THINGS FALL APART, Salman Rushdie, EAST, WEST,
Ama Ata Aidoo, OUR SISTER KILLJOY, Bharati Mukherjee, THE MIDDLEMAN,
Guillermo Gomez-Pena, THE NEW WORLD BORDER, Anna D. Smith, TWILIGHT--LOS
ANGELES, 1992, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, X/SELF, Mark Leyner, ET TU, BABE,
Stephen Wright, GOING NATIVE, Octavia Butler, DAWN, and Neal Stephenson,

In addition, there will be short selections of poems, possibly including
these authors: H.D., Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, the poets of the Harlem
Renaissance, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and the Negritude poets.