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Refugee Literature

ENGL 348
Spring 2022
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Service Learning

In this course, we will explore literature by and about refugees to consider what might define the emerging category of "refugee literature." As the official number of refugees continues to climb, the media typically portrays refugees as dependent figures who exist in a state of crisis and emergency and require immediate humanitarian aid. However, tendencies to depict refugees in such terms can obscure the historical and political contexts that cause forced migration and statelessness, as well as overshadow the perspectives of refugees. We will study the complexity of refugee voices while also situating texts historically and alongside theories of forced displacement and human rights. While the course is literature-based, we will also deal more broadly with narrative and consider how refugee narratives might serve as a premise for engaging broader rubrics of American culture and history. This course has a service-learning component through which we will extend what we learn in the classroom by working with refugees affiliated with a local organization.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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