AMER 468 American Fiction in the 21. Century: Migration, Space, Identity

Multi-ethnic literature of Americas reveal a distinctive mental journey out of which men and women have sought to become their own persons with a bi-cultural or multi-cultural identities. Members of different ethnoracially constituted groups-whites, blacks, Latinos, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indian, and Arab Americans-have come to inhabit discrete urban spaces in contemporary America. The painful transformation that migrants suffer when facing a new reality reveal the ways in which they transcended circumscribed traditional lives and roles by becoming intellectuals, careerists, and writers that are expressed in different narrative styles. The conflicting voices of a male/female and an immigrant blend and argue, as the writers' experiences as (im)migrant wo/men are incorporated into narratives which assert, accept and celebrate a freer life in the new homeland. These struggles between different value-systems of different cultures become the common pattern of these lives and writings. Hence, in this course we will explore how migrants' narratives re-define their identities in excerpts, stories and novels by such writers as Bharati Mukherjee, Nami Mun, Junot Diaz, Wes Moore, Randa Jarrar, Dinaw Mengestu, Bich Minh Nguyen, Helena Maria Viramontes, Chang-Rae Lee. We will also watch DVD's of interviews of some of the writers. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 6.

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