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Literature, Culture and Theory of Diaspora Studies - Single View

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Type of Course Seminar Long text
Number 096478 Short text
Term SS 2012 Hours per week in term
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Language english
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Tue. 12:00 to 14:00 weekly Johannisstr. 12-20 - ES 226        
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Merk, Annika responsible
Stierstorfer, Klaus, Prof. Dr. responsible
Graduation - Curricula Sem ECTS Bereich Teilgebiet
Master of Ed. LA Gym/Ges - Englisch (M3 049 8) -
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 7) -
Master - National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Culture, Language (88 992 0) -
Master - British, American and Postcolonial Studies (88 407 8) -
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Fachbereich 09 Philologie

This course investigates the phenomenon of diaspora in modern, postcolonial, and global contexts. Incorporating an interdisciplinary literature from the social sciences and humanities, we will examine a number of key questions:

  • What are the economic, political and social forces that instigate and shape human experiences of movement?
  • How do migrants move and settle amid plural and heterogeneous social contexts?
  • What are the intersections of migration, refugeeism, transnationalism and diaspora with other forms of social difference (religion, ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexuality)?
  • How does the experience of diaspora influence the production of literary, artistic, and popular cultural forms?
  • How do notions of home, belonging, citizenship, and identity evolve in diasporic contexts?

Students will become familiar with the social features of diaspora and the cultural expression of  the diasporic condition through a consideration of theoretical, and literary texts. Particular attention will be given to the local nuances of diaspora in Canada, the UK, and Germany.


Students wishing to enrol in this course will be expected to have read the following two novels:

- Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes (Transworld Publishers, 2010)

- Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night (Grove/Atlantic Inc, 2009)

Further texts will be made available online (BSCW server).


Core Comparative Course TEP Diaspora Studies Consortium

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