EN-410 and EN-411 must be passed or taken the same semester.
After completion of the class, the student will
be able to describe and explain the relations between the migration novel and the broader field of U.S. literature
be able to analyze how globalization and changing patterns of world migration have impacted the development of the novel
be able to identify key differences between classic U.S. immigrant literature and the new twenty-first century migration novel
This course will explore the twenty-first century migration novel in terms of its similarities to, and most importantly its differences from, classic U.S. immigrant fiction. Amongst some of the chief characteristics of this new fiction, we will investigate the diminished role of trauma, the emphasis on transnational cultural exchanges, and the revival of politics. The course will likewise address recent political and philosophical re-theorizations of the figure of the migrant. We will explore such re-theorizations as responses to globalization and changing patterns of contemporary migration. Finally, we will consider how the twenty-first century migration novel problematizes our received notions of "national literature".
Seminars: Estimated workload: Approximately 400 hours.
The student must have gained a pass grade on an in-class presentation in order to be eligible to take the exam.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of two parts: An essay that make up 40 % of the final grade and a 7 days individual home exam that will make up 60 %. Graded assessment.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1.