ENGL 2090 Literature, Multiculturalism, and Identity

Literature provides a powerful means of developing the cross-cultural understanding essential for living and working in increasingly multicultural societies and differing global contexts. This course examines literature (chiefly novels) that explore the complexities of identities shaped by globalization and multicultural contexts. Topics might include the shifting boundaries of “home”;generational conflicts and connections; cross-cultural romantic relationships; challenges inadapting to a foreign language and/or customs; global cultural networks; and emerging forms of cosmopolitan identity or “fusion” cultures.