ENGLISH 472 - Twentieth-Century American Literature
Fall 2013, Section 001 - Crossings: Narratives of Immigration
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Narratives of migration and immigration have long been central to definitions of U.S. literature. Recent discussions of history, literary criticism, and language/translation have brought new insights to “immigrant novels.” Rather than being limited to predictable, formulaic, or conventional plots and themes, U.S. immigrant novels turn out to offer extraordinarily diverse examples of literary experimentation and surprise. In this course we’ll read a wide range of narratives of and by immigrants from the late 19th century through the early 21st century with the following questions in mind.

  • What is an immigrant novel, and what isn't?
  • How do novels represent the tensions of diasporic communities?
  • What are the varieties of immigrant narrative forms, and how do they differ?
  • What are the politics of immigrant novels?
  • What perspectives on U.S. modernity, urbanization, industrialization, mass/pop cultures, and expansion do they offer?
  • What do comparative perspectives across ethnic and racial social identities and histories illuminate or obscure?

Assigned texts may include novels, short stories, and films by Abraham Cahan, Norma Cantú, Willa Cather, Elia Kazan, Charles Reznikoff, Ameen Rihani, Aleksander Hemon, John Sayles, and Gertrude Stein.

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ENGLISH 472 - Twentieth-Century American Literature
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