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ENGL200M - Topics in Literature: Displaced - Writers in Diaspora (3-0-3)

Covers selected literary themes, such as gothic, science fiction, or women’s literature. Students apply critical contexts and practice various theoretical approaches to the readings. Prerequisites: ENGL110XM or ENGL110M. Please note that students can take only ONE Special Topics literature courses for credit. (Fulfills English or Humanities requirement)

A diaspora is the forced resettlement of people, usually caused by famine, war, or political or economic upheaval. Dispersed from their homelands, writers have worked through the complexities of identity and belonging while transcending the physical borders of the places that once define them. This course will explore the works of writers from various backgrounds whose lives have been shaped by the reverberations of diasporas. By exploring themes of identity, home, belonging, and nostalgia, we’ll interrogate the complex relationship between writer and the various cultural influences that have touched their journeys.