ENG 379 Others and Outsiders: Contemporary Transnational Literatures

This course focuses on the experience of foreignness. We will explore the ramifications of imperialism and immigration, as well as representations of ethnicity in contemporary Anglophone, American, and translated global literature. Students will study the production of manufactured “truths” by governing circles, cultural approaches designed to subvert dominant narratives, and the role artists play in recapturing identity. Texts and visual media (film and art) will be chosen based on their engagement with issues of immigration, globalization, assimilation, and exile. Authors include: Edward Said, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, JM Coetzee, Iraj Pezeshkhad, and others.