First Person Plural: Voices Across Cultures
General Catalog Course Title:
First Person Plural: Voices Across Cultures
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Fall 2012

This seminar examines the role of language and literature in expressing identities across cultures, the place of exile in shaping voice and story, and questions of origins as we go beyond the maxim "lost in translation" to explore what gets found as voices and places are remade. Readings will include a novel by Michio Takeyama (Harp of Burma), and short stories by Madeleine Thien (Simple Recipes), Rattawut Lapcharoensap (Sightseeing), Merlinda Bobis (White Turtle) and Nam Le (The Boat). We will situate these readings, which journey to and from or transit through, Burma, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, against essays on creativity, translation and mobility by writers Michael Chabon (Imaginary Homelands) and Siri Hustvedt (Yonder).

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