CHID 250 A: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

Postcolonial Literature: Home Leavings and Home Comings

Course Flyer: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
MGH 082A
SLN: 
12596
Joint Sections: 
ENGL 316 A
Instructor:
Anu Taranath

Syllabus Description:

What is involved in leaving a home and making a home elsewhere? How does who we are affect what home might mean to us? This course focuses on literature written by Black Britons—immigrants or the children of immigrants from the Caribbean, South Asia, and Africa living in the U.K.  We will read novels, short stories, critical essays and screen films, all of which thematize notions of home, racial identity and imperialism’s legacy. Through our discussions, we will begin to engage with some of the issues that are salient for many migrants and people of color in the UK, and extend our analysis to America as well.  While there are no prerequisites for this class, a willingness to learn about issues of power, privilege, racial identity, immigration, cultural assimilation, colonialism, imperialism, racism, class relations, gender, sexism, and sexuality will serve you well.

 

Additional Details:

What is involved in leaving a home and making a home elsewhere? How does who we are affect what home might mean to us? This course focuses on literature written by Black Britons—immigrants or the children of immigrants from the Caribbean, South Asia, and Africa living in the U.K.  We will read novels, short stories, critical essays and screen films, all of which thematize notions of home, racial identity and imperialism’s legacy. Through our discussions, we will begin to engage with some of the issues that are salient for many migrants and people of color in the UK, and extend our analysis to America as well.  While there are no prerequisites for this class, a willingness to learn about issues of power, privilege, racial identity, immigration, cultural assimilation, colonialism, imperialism, racism, class relations, gender, sexism, and sexuality will serve you well.

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 4, 2017 - 9:12pm