Comparative Literature | Cosmopolitans and Refugees
C301 | 31721 | A. Adesokan

3 CR
TR 4:00 - 6:30 PM
Course Meets Second 8-wks Only

This is a topic course in literary interpretation for students
interested in the study of contemporary literature. During the
course of the semester we will base our comparative readings of
literary texts-fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry-on the
relationships between well-heeled or well-placed intellectuals with
opportunities for travel and cultural judgment (cosmopolitans) and
economic or political refugees. Are the relationships simply a
matter of social inequality? What are the connections between
political solidarity, humanitarian activism and immigration laws?
What roles do these issues play in emergence of new communities
(like the Lost Boys of Sudan in the US) or the success of a number
of carefully selected postcolonial writers? Texts include Dave
Eggers' What is the What, Caryl Phillips's The Atlantic Sound, David
Hare's Map of the World, Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy, and Jeremy
Harding's The Uninvited.