Fiction and Film in a Global Frame
The spread of globalization, or the acceleration of transportation and information technologies, might herald a new epoch in which space exceeds time in our understanding of experience. This course will focus on how our imaginative and physical geographies organize social, political, and representational practice. How do changing human geographies inform our understandings of race, gender, class, and sexuality within texts that focus on: imperialism, travel, exile, tourism, displacement, migrancy, nationalism, community, and homelessness within colonial, postcolonial, transnational, and minoritarian contexts? Is there a new role for the consideration of place and space in global culture? Theoretical readings may include those by Appadurai, Foucault, Cheah, Hall, Jameson, Miyoshi. Other texts may include films such as Life and Debt, The Fourth World War, Map of Sex and Love, and texts by writers such as: Jamaica Kincaid, Pico Iyer, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Monica Ali, and Rattawut Lapcharoensap.