Memory and Migration

CRN 30124 / Tu 6:00PM - 8:30PM / 319 Cathedral of Learning
What happens to personal and cultural memory when people emigrate or are displaced from their homes? Memory and Migration looks at how transnational narratives of migration interrupt a nation-based political, cultural, and literary paradigm. We will examine a variety of texts through the theoretical frameworks of border studies and memory studies, in order to challenge the boundaries of these disciplines and "migrate" their knowledges beyond the Southwest United States and discussions of Holocaust. In addition to critical writings, primary texts include the writings of Nicole Krauss, Roberto Bolaño, Yuri Herrera, Li Young Lee, Virgil, Isabel Wilkerson, Edwidge Danticat, Gish Jen, Ana Menèndez and Jhumpa Lahiri. Beyond literary texts, the course will look at theater from dramatists such as Bertolt Brecht and Augusto Boal, global music from Greek Mirologi to Brazilian funk carioca, and films such as Kent Mackenzie’s The Exiles and John Akomfrah’s The Nine Muses. Students will gain an overview of the field of memory studies and migration studies while examining two fields in transition: immigrant literature and ethnic studies. Students will have the opportunity to add material to the syllabus and can base their final project on their main areas of study, providing they are relevant to the theme and materials of the course.

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Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder

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Category C: Cultural Antagonisms and Cultural Crises

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