English 90ccm. Crisis and Criticism in Migration

Instructor: Homi K. Bhabha
Terms: Spring Term

Wednesdays, 3-5 pm | Location: TBA

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students. 

The “refugee crisis” in Europe and elsewhere has made it abundantly clear that migration is a critical issue in our reflections on the  cultural, ethical and political transformations of globalization. However, the conditions of injustice and inequality that  beset the lifeworlds of migrants and refugees have privileged the disciplines of law, political theory and anthropology in the study of  migration. While fully acknowledging the importance of legal and political discourse, this seminar will emphasize the contribution of writers, critics and philosophers who are deeply engaged with the aesthetic, ethical and existential  predicament of the migration of peoples, ideas and cultural forms. Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, VSNaipaul, Amitav Ghosh, Arundhati Roy, Claudia Rankine, Viet Than Nguyen and Mohsin Hamid will be amongst the writers who we will study. Theoretical and philosophical texts will be introduced in response to questions and issues raised in seminar discussion. Meticulous, detailed  attention to  primary texts is ann essential requirement of the seminar.

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