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Diasporas, Transnationalism and Globalization
ENGL 294 FA
Until the late 1960s, there were three classical diasporas: Jewish, Armenian and Greek. The first was considered the paradigmatic case. In the past three decades, many dispersed peoples and communities, once known as
ethnicities, migrants, exiles, etc. have been renamed 'diasporas' by some of their own artists, or intellectual and political leaders, or by scholars. This phenomenon must be understood in the context of ever-increasing
transnationalism and globalization. This course will introduce students to the past and present of the concepts 'diaspora', 'transnationalism' and, to a lesser extent, 'globalization.'
There will be a course reader in which articles will be drawn from the disciplines of literature, cultural studies, American Studies, sociology, history, political science and ethnomusicology. Several novels will also
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Several short papers and one longer research paper.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
The three phenomena in question cannot be properly understood through one perspective or "lens". Any such lens, if used alone-an interest in one's "ethnic" identity only, or an interest in transnational cultural flows
only, say-will distort and
impoverish. At a minimum, binocular vision is necessary, and those students who are receptive to several disciplinary approaches and who already have some experience of one at the undergraduate level will profit most.
However, the course does not requir
e a prior knowledge of its three main topics: diaspora, transnationalism, globalization.
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