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Fall 2013-2014
ENG 397 / AAS 397 / COM 339 (LA)   na, npdf

New Diasporas: African and Caribbean Writers in Europe and North America

Simon E. Gikandi

This course will explore the works of contemporary authors of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Europe and North America in relation to the changing historical and cultural context of migration and globalization. The course will consider how these writers have represented the process of relocation, acculturation, and the transnational moment. What is the role of the imagination in the rethinking of identities lived across boundaries? Why and how do these authors use the term diaspora to describe their experiences? How do the works of a new generation of writers from Africa and the Caribbean transform theories of globalization?

Sample reading list:
Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory
Juno Diaz, Life of Oscar Wao
Chris Abani, Becoming Abigail
Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Zadie Smith, White Teeth
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading of about 200 pages a week.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Some of the writers on the reading list will be visiting Princeton for a series of conversations with members of the class and the university community. Attendance to these events will be required. Department Distribution: Theory/Criticism and Diasporas

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23365 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:7 Limit:18