Why does the act of leaving home generate literary masterpieces around the globe? What are the painful and productive aspects of displacement? This course takes a cross-cultural and cross-temporal approach to questions of exile and migration, following their depiction across centuries and continents in famous novels, stories, poems, and essays from East and West. We will read classic works alongside contemporary novels, and narratives of homecoming alongside narratives of no return, looking closely at the concepts of home, identity, language, and memory. This course is an excellent introduction to comparative literature and world literature.