Topics in Literature and Ethics: Writing About Refugees (CD or EM)

Subject associations
ENG 415 / JRN 415 / COM 446 / AFS 415
Fall 2023
Simon E. Gikandi
Registrar description

This course is on the challenges of thinking and writing about refugees from Africa and the Middle East to Europe in the 21st Century. The course will range across genres and platforms - journalism, fiction, and non-fiction creative writing. A central concern are the ethical, theoretical, and aesthetic problems presented by the condition of stateless. Why is the refugee story the most compelling contemporary story? How do we write about people who have been deprived of the security of geography, history, and rights? And how can people who are defined by placelessness and invisibility be made visible without compromising their humanity?