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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Immigrant Literature of Modernism and Beyond - AAALB001AE
Title: Immigrant Literature of Modernism and Beyond
Guaranteed by: International Office (21-ZO)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2017
Semester: summer
Points: 0
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:0/2 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: AAALB001A
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Pavla Veselá, Ph.D.
Class: Exchange - 09.2 General and Comparative Literature
Annotation - Czech
Last update: Mgr. Pavla Veselá, Ph.D. (27.01.2020)
This course discusses selected texts that focus on the experience of migration and immigration, primarily to the United States. Writers under review include Anzia Yezierska, Thomas Bell and Claude McKay, as well as more contemporary authors such as Jamaica Kincaid and Junot Díaz. Fictional texts are supplemented with theoretical reflections of critics including Werner Sollors, Edward Said, William Boelhower, Franco Moretti, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Caren Irr and others.


Bell, Thomas. Out of This Furnace. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1976.
Bigsby, Christopher. “What, then, is the American?” The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Boelhower, William. Through a Glass Darkly: Ethnic Semiosis in American Literature. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1987. (extracts)
Díaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Penguin, 2007.
Irr, Caren. Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Columbia Press, 2014. (extracts)
Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
McKay, Claude. Complete Poems. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008. (selected poems)
Moretti, Franco. “Conjectures on World Literature.” New Left Review 1 (2000) and “More Conjectures.” New Left Review 20 (2003)
Mouffe, Chantal. “For a Politics of Nomadic Identity.” Traveller's Tales: Narratives of Home and Displacement. Ed. George Robertson, Melinda Mash, Lisa Tickner, Jon Bird, Barry Curtis and Tim Putnam. London: Routledge, 1994.
Nabokov, Vladimir. Pnin. New York: Random House, 2011.
Said, Edward W. “Reflections on Exile.” Reflections on Exile and Other Essays. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.
Stein, Gertrude. Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein. New York: Random House, 1990. (extracts)
Yezierska, Anzia. Bread Givers. New York: Persea Books, 2003.
Wald, Alan. “Theorizing Cultural Difference: A Critique of the 'Ethnicity School.'” MELUS 14: 2 (Summer 1987).

To receive their credits, students must attend at least 70% of seminars, deliver an oral presentation and submit an essay of 3000-4000 words. Please consult “Essay Guidelines” at for general writing guidelines and submit an approximately 100-word proposal in advance (a preliminary bibliography should be included as well). Essays must be submitted via e-mail by June 15, 2020.
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