|Semester and Year||SP 2013|
|Instructor||Kathryn Vomero Santos|
|Time||9:30 AM - 10:45 AM|
Open to Gallatin first-year students only.
What is home? Where is home? How do we define home? What does it mean to be home? In this course, we explore the concepts of home and homeland as they relate to geographical place, birth, language, and cultural identity. We read texts by and about exiles, émigrés, and expatriates in order to think about the departure from home, the loss of home, and the processes by which people make new homes and maintain relationships to their native lands. Does the ability or inability to return home affect one’s perceptions of home? Is the idea of home an imagined fantasy or is it grounded in concrete places and experiences? We also examine past and contemporary practices of defining homes and homelands in relation to outsiders. How, in other words, are ideas of home and homeland exclusionary? Students write various analytic essays that address these questions and develop individual projects for a longer research essay. The texts for this course may include the writings of Edward Said, Salman Rushdie, and Eva Hoffman, articles about immigration policy and Homeland Security, the PBS documentary Homeland: Immigration in America , and clips from the recent television show Homeland .
First-Year Program: Research Seminars (FIRST-UG)