AP/HUMA 1250 6.00
Diaspora Communities and Global Cultures
This course focuses on the ways that diasporic people conceive of, express, and represent their experiences in migration, settlement, and culture. Diaspora is a term that describes a group of people who identify with a particular nationality, region, religion, ethnicity, culture, or language, but have, for various reasons, migrated to different parts of the world. People in diasporas may live distantly from each other or from a place they consider to be 'home', but may still consider themselves to be part of a collective, community, or culture. The course asks how diasporic writers and artists confront and critique ideas of culture. What new cultural formations emerge in diasporic artistic expressions in literature, music, and film? Students engage with a number of theoretical texts and thinkers on the concept of diaspora, as well as literary works, films, and music produced by and about diasporic people.