"The migrant" is taken to be the root of a so-called crisis by many. Arguably, crises are what causes migration, because "no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark", as Warsan Shire wrote. This lecture focuses on literary and cultural products which reflect on migration, displacement, and refugeeship. After engaging with these and related terms on a conceptual level, we will read anglophone texts from a range of backgrounds. The aims are to generate a critical historical perspective on literatures of displacment and refugeeship; to compare texts from different periods and cultural backgrounds; and to engage with political and cultural interventions wielded by these cultural texts.
First session: Oct 15th, 2018