Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ENG 246
Course Title:
Transnational Literature
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Course Description

Examines the themes of Transnational Literature, such as migration, exile and displacement and revolves around literary responses to various historical and cultural moments of transition or crisis. Explores the relationships between a text, its author, and its national, cultural and/or linguistic boundaries. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Define the qualities of transnational literature and theory in order to position course material in a broader context or discourse (literary, social, political and/or cultural) and contribute to that discourse.
2. Use literary texts to relate to the conditions of exile, immigration and border crossing in order to understand globalization by identifying transnational perspectives and challenging views about racial, cultural, socio-economic and/or national identities.
3. Delineate literary genres and periods to compare/contrast texts and their responses to each other, creating connections between different illustrations of course themes and issues.
4. Perform textual analysis by employing literary terminology and applying literary theories in order to examine relationships between literary forms and themes.

Course Activities and Design

The course design may include lectures, group and class discussions, oral presentations, film clips, in-class writing, and attending author readings for extra credit.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome assessment tools may include the following:
• In and out of class written responses that gauge comprehension of themes, plot, character, symbolism, imagery, etc.
• Formal, academic essays
• Group presentations
• Comprehensive final exam
• Quizzes
• Textual analysis
• Participation in group and class discussions

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

May include the following themes, concepts, issues :
• Role of globalization
• Problem of assimilation
• The relationship of deterritorialized or non-territorial literature and the nation state
• The role of memory and nostalgia
• The intellectual in exile
• Exile as a metaphor for modernity; the philosophical implications of exile
• Difference between forced and voluntary exile; issue of social status
• War, revolution, trauma, imprisonment/detainment
• Politics of Émigré literature; literature as propaganda; the social responsibility of exilic writer
• Plurality/hybridization/ €˜mongrelization€™ of identity
• Multilingualism
• Nationalism
• Transnational spaces, communities and cities
Literary terms and concepts:
• Narratorial devices and styles (including unreliable, damaged, fractured and limited narrator)
• Metatextuality
• Imagery
• Metaphor
• Symbolism
• Literary theories (Formalism; Feminism; Marxism; Historicism; Post-colonialism)
• Literary cannibalization
• Realism
• Anti-realist or surrealist forms
• Postmodernism
• Allegory