COMPLIT 240 - Literature Across Borders
Section: 001 HOME, Homeland and Homelessness
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
This course may be counted toward the International Studies subplan in Comparative Culture and Identity. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course takes a transnational perspective towards the subject of “Home” and its cultural construction among immigrants, refugees, and displaced people: what does it mean to “be home” or displaced, how is it privileged and imagined, and how is it contested. Exploring a wide range of multiple media--literary texts, films, popular music and art—the class will closely articulate the aesthetic, linguistic and thematic conceptions of home—its borders, bodies, interior, doors, and bridges—that have generated historical claims, political identity, utopian contours, and conceptions of insiders and foreigner, and the corollary social understanding of human rights. Special attention will be paid to the constitutive role of literature—oral, textual, or visual—within different narratives.

Course Requirements:

In addition to weekly readings and short writing assignments, you are expected to submit a short midterm paper (3-4 pages) and final paper (7-8 pages).

COMPLIT 240 - Literature Across Borders
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0679734775
The house on Mango Street, Author: Sandra Cisneros., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1991
ISBN: 067972186X
The drowned and the saved, Author: Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 1989
ISBN: 081560923X
State of siege = [??lat ?i??r], Author: Mahmoud Darwish ; translated from the Arabic by Munir Akash and Daniel Abdal-hayy Moore ; with an introduction by Munir Akash., Publisher: Jusoor and Syracuse University Press 1st copubl 2010
ISBN: 1771662131
Double Teenage, Author: Joni Murphy, Publisher: Book Thus
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