• Course Number: ENGL 189BW
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  • Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 189
  • Quarter: Spring 2023

Explores a variety of literature that confronts the experience of being between worlds–literally and imaginatively. Being between worlds negotiates senses of belonging, the experience of borders, and also the condition of being suspended in such a way that one may not totally belong to either world. It is possible that being between worlds is also the condition of reading fiction, being as one is between one’s lived reality and the story-world. Authors may include Ruth Ozeki, Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, and Toni Morrison alongside short excerpts of literary and critical theory. Sub-themes may include diaspora, anti-racism, media, the Anthropocene, settler-colonialism, memory, and temporality.


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