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Instructor Info:Sonya Donaldson
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
Description: The course explores the concept of the migration novel as articulated by Farah Jasmine Griffin. Griffin uses the term "migration narratives" to discuss texts that embody the African American experience of migration from the South to the North (and West). I expand upon the concept to examine texts that address the migration experience of the African Diaspora to and within the United States. In this course, we will develop definitions of terms such as "diaspora" and "home"; we will address language and culture, modernity and the urban landscape, labor, and gender and sexuality. Central to our discussion is an examination of how juridical and sociopolitical factors shaped and were influenced by diasporic movements. Students will further develop close-reading skills and learn how to engage and analyze critical arguments.