FRLN 330: Topics in World Literature

FRLN 330-DL1: Global Human Rights: Immigrants, Exiles & Refugees in Fiction & Film
(Fall 2020)


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Section Information for Fall 2020

This course will focus on the study of human rights issues in 21st century writings by migrants and refugees, as well as in films that focus on their experiences of isolation, discrimination, adaptation and community-building. We will examine major works of fiction and films about human displacement in connection with basic notions and concepts in immigration studies, intersectionality studies, and human rights discourse. Readings will focus on human migration to the US and to Southern and Central Europe from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. They may include Tahar Ben Jelloun’s Leaving Tangier (2006), Dinaw Mengestu’s The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007), Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing(2016), Pajtim Statovci’s Crossing (2016), Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive (2019), and selected short fiction by Aleksandar Hemon, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Gabriela Wiener. Films may include To the Other Side (2004), The Secret of the Grain (2007), Theo’s Journey (2008), Paraíso (2012), Le Havre (2011), Sea Devil (2014), Dheepan (2015), and relevant scenes from classical 20th-century movies about migration.


FRLN 330 DL1 is a distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Major works of world literature with varying perspectives and topics, such as specific cultures, histories, myths, or music and the arts, as represented in literature. Notes: May be repeated when topic differs with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 and 45 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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