Comparative Literature | Culture and Modern Experience: Constructing Identity in Creative Non-Fiction
C155 | 14889 | L. Campbell-Badger


3 cr
Meets MW 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Fulfills CS and A&H Distribution Credit

This class will focus on texts of creative non-fiction that examine
identity formation in the Americas.  We will read popular
contemporary texts that engage ideas of diasporas, migrations,
cultural exchanges and cultural identity, focusing on the way that
individuals creatively articulate inclusion and exclusion in the
post-colonial and global anti-imperial moment. While not limited to
texts from the US, all material will engage the ways that US
cultural imperialism affects, constructs and complicates structures
of identity formation. There will be some consideration of why texts
produced by minority voices have become popular in the US today, and
how they both thwart and support US political projects and cultural
construction. Special attention will be paid to the way in which
artistic and literary representations engage the identity politics
of the narratives.

We will read selections from the following books, which will be
required for the course:

Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora by Zohreh T. Sullivan

Shanghai Quartet: The Crossings of Four Women of China (Emerging
Writers in Creative Non-Fiction) by Min-Zhan Lu

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from
1970 to the Present by Lex Williford (Editor), Michael Martone
(Editor)

The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction
(5th Edition) by Robert L. Root(Author), Michael J. Steinberg
(Author)