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Refugee Literature

ENGL 348
Fall 2021 not offered
Course Cluster and Certificates: Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Service Learning

In this course, we will study literature by and about refugees to consider what might define refugee aesthetics and think about how refugee cultures actively shape and are shaped by international discourses of human rights. As the official number of refugees continues to climb, the media typically portrays refugees as figures who exist in a state of crisis and require immediate humanitarian aid. However, as scholars working in the field of critical refugee studies show, the habit of framing refugees in terms of states of emergency tends to detach refugees from the historical and political contexts that create conditions of forced migration and statelessness. We will historically and environmentally situate the works we study and examine various theories related to forced displacement to explore the thematic concerns and aesthetic shapes of refugee literature. We will also conceptualize how this body of work can serve as a premise for the broader study of American literature.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode:
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(HRAD-MN)

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