Narratives of (Im)migration

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Critical Social Inquiry
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Hampshire College
This history and writing seminar will explore different forms of personal narratives - historical memoirs, fiction, flims, and oral histories - interpreting American immigrant and migrant lives to examine critical historiographical issues in U.S. immigration history. Through reading seminal historical narratives along with award-winning novels and memoirs, we will investigate on-going construction of major issues in U.S. immigration history such as imperialism, acculturation, language, citizenship, biculturalism, displacement, belonging, family, cultural inheritance, community and empowerment, agency and resistance, as well as memory and identity formation. We will pay close attention to gender, race, class, nation, and sexuality as categories of analysis and lenses through which we examine the history and narrative of U.S. immigration. The second half of the semester will be devoted to students producing their own creative non-fictional work (memoirs, films, oral histories) of immigrant/migrant narratives.
Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research Students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Narratives of (Im)migration
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Lili Kim 12:30PM-03:20PM T Franklin Patterson Hall 101