Alien America: Immigrant Experiences in Literature and Film


The oft-used term “melting pot" misrepresents what happened to the cultures of the many different immigrants who settled in the United States over the last 250 years. Each new immigrant group faced tough challenges-- the achievement of equal civil rights, the rise out of poverty and winning of broader social acceptance. Individual immigrants had to decide if and how they can preserve their native cultures vis-à-vis notions of the “real American” debated in politics, taught in school, and broadcast in the media. Our course addresses these key issues as they are raised in memoirs, fiction, and film. No prerequisites. Readings in English, films in English/with subtitles.

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Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • LIT 250FS
Typically Offered
Fall Only