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HMS-306P Identities in Migration

3 Credits

Migration-whether voluntary or involuntary, international or domestic-has become a formative experience in American life. This course surveys films, short fiction, novels, poetry, and performance-art works that represent and reflect upon the identity-transforming aspects of migration. We will analyze films and literary/performance works by Julia Alvarez, Li-Young Lee, James Baldwin, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Marjane Satrapi, Shailja Patel, John Okada, Baseera Khan, and others, alongside critical essays on the formal properties and socio-political contexts of migration stories.