21st Century Literature in Migration
English 242 C: 21st Century Literature in Migration
This course will explore new literature about twenty-first century conditions of migration to the U.S., and what Salman Rushdie calls the “problems of definition” that accompany writers in migration. This century has already seen a great number of young immigrant writers gain acclaim and success on the global literary market. In widely varying ways, these writers encounter and describe contemporary conditions of “Americanness,” including U.S.-specific understandings of race and ethnicity, for their international audiences. Through our readings, writings, and discussions we will consider questions of cultural and racial authenticity, politics of literary representation, and the ways in which fiction can sustain or deconstruct national, racial, and literary boundaries and ideals. Readings will include novels by Junot Diaz, Joseph O'Neill, and Teju Cole; short fiction by Chimamanda Adichie, Nam Le, and Jhumpa Lahiri; and essays by Salman Rushdie and Edwidge Danticat.