English R1B

Reading and Composition: Missing Home: Stories of Exile and Dislocation

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
12 Fall 2020 Cho, Jennifer
MWF 2-3


Please note the changes in the instructor and course content of this section of English R1B (as of June 15).

This course turns to the experience of exile and its diverse representations in texts drawing from the post-Enlightenment to contemporary periods. To open our line of inquiry, the following questions will guide us: What does it mean to be away from "home" or a homeland? What are the possible forms of exile one can experience? Are exile and its attendant feelings an unresolvable part of the human condition, or is exile a consequence of external and institutional forces? How might larger sociohistorical, political, and cultural conditions contribute to one's physical and/or psychological exile? Writing assignments for this course will be supported through a peer review process, and include regular responses to readings, reflections on writing, two short essays, and a research project propelled by an original argument. Students will also continue to develop skills related to argumentation, critical analysis, and academic research. 

Readings/Media: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (James Weldon Johnson), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz), The Gangster We Are All Looking For (lê thi diem thúy); course reader (may include texts from Ovid, Henry David Thoreau, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Edwidge Danticat, Salman Rushdie, and Jhumpa Lahiri, as well as relevant scholarly articles)

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