ENG 365 – JUNIOR SEMINAR Jayawardane TR 11:10-12:30 This course focuses on how literature—and storytelling—is an intrinsic part of travel, migration, and Diaspora. In our course, we will focus on novels and memoirs by authors who are the embodiment of the “global transnational” – sometimes deeply embedded in a “home” culture, but often loyal to neither nation nor ethnicity. How does literature capture the production, circulation, and consumption of ideas, serving as key sites for negotiating race relations and shaping constructions of socio-cultural and political identities? Through reading novels and memoirs where a central protagonist deals with displacement and “othering”, we will explore changing dynamics of identity and national affiliation in an era of increasing global connectivity; we will also look at how literature and storytelling becomes part of the transnational flows of people, goods, intellectual ideas, and spiritual beliefs across oceanic pathways and cross-continental roads. We will tackle a number of themes and issues including: patterns of migration, representations of identity and difference, “ethnic” cultural production, diasporic youth cultures, gendered dimensions of race-relations, relationship between class and race, and state policies. Students will also have an opportunity to conduct independent research on these topics as a final project for the course. BOOKS: TBA (I recommend you do not get books on Kindle for scholarly purposes; however, if you choose to purchase kindle editions, you must be prepared to do close reading, with attention to specific passages).