Literature of Migration: Diaspora, Exile, Homecoming

Literature of Migration: Diaspora, Exile, Homecoming

This course is cross-listed with English 2251.
Spring 2017
GERM 2250 / ENGL 2251: MW, 3-4:15 PM

Syllabus

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Books

• Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno. Edited by Robert M. Durling. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 978-0195087444
• Wolfgang Borchert. The Man Outside: Play & Stories. Translated by David Porter, 1971. ISBN: 978-0811200110
• Frantz Fanon. Black Skin, White Masks. Translated by Richard Philcox. New York: Grove, 2008 (1952). ISBN: 978-0802143006
• Ghassan Kanafani. Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories. Translated by Hilary Kilpatrick. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1999. ISBN: 978-0894108570
• Toni Morrison. Home. New York: Vintage International, 2012. ISBN: 978-0307740915

GERM 2250: Literature of Migration

📖 Primary Literature (read)
📌 Secondary Literature (read)
➜ Point to consider while reading (critical thinking)
✎ 1-page reading response (write)
📥 5-7 page essay (write)
👓 Guest Lecturer (listen, speak)
DateAssignments are due on the date to the left.
Jan. 18Introduction. Defining migrant literature.
📖 Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon”
➜ Bible as migrant literature?
Jan. 23📖 Theodor Herzl, The Jews’ State. (New York: Dover, 1988) [manifesto] p. 25-63 (39 pages)
📌 Rogers Brubaker, “The ‘diaspora’ diaspora,” Ethnic and Racial Studies 28:1, (January 2005), p. 1-13 (14 pages)
Jan. 25📖 Else Lasker-Schüler, Star in my Forehead, trans. Janine Canan (Duluth, MN: Holy Cow, 2000). [poems] p. 25, 35-93 (25 pages)
Jan. 30📖 Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis,” “A Report to an Academy,” in The Complete Stories, ed. Nahum Glatzer (New York: Schocken, 1983) [novella] p. 89-139, 250-259 (61 pages)
Verben
§ 6 — Ü 4, 11, 16
Feb. 1📌 Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, Intro.–Ch. 3, p. xi-63 (72 pages)
➜ Focus on how Jews enter into his discussion of colonized identity.
Feb. 6🚫 Class cancelled - Prof. Block lecturing at another university.
📌 Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, Ch. 5, p. 89–119 (31 pages)

Feb. 8📌 Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, Ch. 6, p. 120–184 (65 pages)
✎ 1-page reading response
Feb. 13📖 Yoko Tawada, Where Europe begins, trans. Susan Bernofsky (New York: New Directions, 2002), p. 85-120. (36 pages)
📌 Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, "What is a Minor Literature?" in Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, trans. Dana Polan (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1986), p. 16-27. (12 pages)
✎ Begin Interim Essay 1
Feb. 15📖 Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Mother Tongue, trans. Craig Thomas (Toronto: Coach House, 1994), [short stories] p. 9-34. (26 pages)
📌 Zafer Senocak, “Dialogue about The Third Language: Germans, Turks, and Their Future,” in Atlas of a Tropical Germany, trans. Leslie Adelson (Berlin: Babel, 2000), p. 32-36. (5 pages)
Feb. 20 👓 Presentation by Prof. Laurie Shepard, Boston College Italian Studies
📖 Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto 1-14. [epic poetry] p. 26-229
✎ Interim Essay 1
Feb. 22📖 Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto 15-22 [epic poetry] p. 230-345
Feb. 27📖 Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto 23-34 [epic poetry] p. 346-549
Mar. 1📌 Edward Said, "The Mind of Winter: Reflections on Life in Exile," Harper's 269, no. 1612 (1984), p. 49-55. (7 pages)
📌 Benedict Anderson, “The Origins of National Consciousness,” in Imagined Communities, p. 37-46 (10 pages)
📌 Leslie Adlesohn, “Against Between: A Manifesto,” New Perspectives on Turkey, (Spring-Fall 2003), p. 19-33. (15 pages)
📌 Sander Gilman, “What is Self-hatred?” in Jewish Self-Hatred, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1986) p. 1-21. (22 pages)
Mar. 6-8🚫 Spring Break
Mar. 13📖 Ghassan Kanafani, “Men in the Sun,” “The Land of Sad Oranges,” in Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories. [novella] p. 21-80 (60 pages)
Mar. 15📖 Ghassan Kanafani, short stories in Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories. [novella] p. 81-115 (35 pages)
✎ 1-page reading response
Mar. 20📖 Bertolt Brecht, Fear and misery of the Third Reich, trans. John Willett (New York: Arcade, 1993) [play] p. 1-64
Mar. 22📖 Bertolt Brecht, Fear and misery of the Third Reich [play] p. 65-94
Mar. 27📖 Barbara Honigmann, "A Love made Out of Nothing," in A Love made Out of Nothing and Zohara's Journey: Two Novels, trans. John Barrett (Boston: David R. Godine, 2003). [novella] p. 1-50 (50 pages)
✎ Begin Interim Essay 2
Mar. 29📖 Barbara Honigmann, A Love made Out of Nothing [novella] p. 51-76 (26 pages)
Apr. 3📖 Else Lasker-Schüler, “I and I,” in Three Plays, trans. Jane Curtis (Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 2005). [play] p. 220-279 (60 pages)
➜ Focus on subjectivity (e.g., “I and I”) in exile. Compare with Hebrew Ballads.
✎ Interim Essay 2
Apr. 5📖 Bertolt Brecht, Poems, 1913-1956, ed. John Willett and Ralph Manheim (New York: Methuen, 1979) [poems] p. 295-304, 318-320, 390-392, 409-414, 416-418, 431-432 (22 pages)
➜ Focus on post-1947 tone in East German poems (p. 409 ff.) in comparison with other exilic poems and play Fear and misery
Apr. 10🚫 Passover. Class Cancelled
📖 Wolfgang Borchert. Short stories including “The Three Dark Magi,” “On That Tuesday,” “The Kitchen Clock,” “Rats do Sleep at Night,” “The Bread,” “This is Our Manifesto,” “There’s Only One Thing.” In The Man Outside. [short stories] p. 141-200, 255-256, 259-264, 268-270. (71 pages)
✎ 1-page reading response
Apr. 12🚫 Passover. Class Cancelled
📖 Wolfgang Borchert, “The Man Outside,” in The Man Outside. [play] p. 77-104. (24 pages)
✎ Begin Final Essay
Apr. 17 🚫 Patriot’s Day/Easter Monday/Passover. Class Cancelled
Apr. 19📖 Wolfgang Borchert, The Man Outside. [play] p. 105-135. (30 pages)
Apr. 24📖 Toni Morrison, Home. [novel] Ch. 1-4, p. 3-66 (64 pages)
✎ First three pages of Final Essay due
Apr. 26📖 Toni Morrison, Home. [novel] Ch. 5-8, p. 67-92 (26 pages)
May 1📖 Toni Morrison, Home. [novel] Ch. 9-17, p. 93-147 (54 pages)
May 3🎓 Last Day. Course Synthesis.
May 10📥 Final Essay and makeup work due by May 10 at 11am.