Contemporary Voices in Exile - LIR 630

What is the relationship between exile and literary creativity? Does exile contribute to creative freedom or entrap the writer in nostalgia? Why do some writers choose to write in the language of their adopted country? The condition of exile has produced a distinctive literary voice where the dilemmas of language, identity, politics and diaspora are examined. This course will examine the effects of such dilemmas on writers living and writing in exile. Authors may include Amine Maalouf, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy, Miroslav Jancic, Samuel Beckett, Salman Rushdie, Etel Adnan, Vladimir Nabokov and Chinua Achebe.