Literary Displacements: Examining the Lives of Asylum Seekers, Refugees & Immigrants

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Literary Displacements

Fall 2019

Taught By: Nina Ha

Section: A

CRN: 7862

Credits: 3

Using Viet Thanh Nguyen’s edited collection, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, as a foundational text for this course, we examine what it means to be asylum seekers who have been displaced by war, natural disasters, or other untenable circumstances, leaving millions of people world-wide desperate to find safe places outside their nation-state to call home. Drawing upon multi-disciplinary sources from a wide-array of materials, such as novels, poems, dramas, multi-media and other mediums, students are introduced to the voices of the displaced and explore their reasons for leaving their countries of origin. Given all of the attention paid to this crisis affecting all countries world-wide, there needs to be a focus on the personal stories of refugees to better understand why it is important to empathize with this altogether human condition. This “global phenomenon” has reached local proportions, impacting the social, economic, and even literary spaces of first world countries such as the U.S., France, Germany, Canada, and others. Thus students seeking to examine this condition will be introduced to a wide-range of theories, histories, stories, and studies to better articulate the lives and experiences of refugees.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:41am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/15/2019