Comparative Literature | Diasporas and Exiles: The Migrant Experience in World Literature and Film
C262 | 26593 | AI: A. Varga


CMLT-C 262 (26593) Cross-Cultural Encounters
Diasporas and Exiles: The Migrant Experience in World Literature and
Film
Instructor: A. Varga 	
TR 9:30-10:45
*fulfills A&H and CS requirements*


People are constantly on the move and this can be both a positive and
a painful experience. Individuals may fight for the right to maintain
their native identity and language, or they may become “hybrids” by
adopting more than one culture and language. They may long to return
to or recreate homelands that no longer exist, or they may learn to
adapt to their in-between, multi-cultural worlds. By looking at texts
(short stories, poetry, novels, and essays) and films written and
produced in various cultures (in the U.S., India, China, Vietnam,
Russia, Romania, Nigeria, Iran), we will examine the migrant
experience as it manifests itself throughout the twentieth and twenty-
first century. We will investigate how linguistic, cultural,
religious, and gender differences are played out when different
cultures come into contact. Assignments include a reading journal,
two short essays, and a creative writing assignment. For more
information contact avarga@indiana.edu