ENGL 009P. First-Year Seminar: Refuge: Resettled in Philadelphia
Cross-listed as ARAB 009P
The number of individuals displaced by persecution, war, or climate, who then seek refuge in another place, continues to grow. This course will explore the theme of refuge broadly-to cover various political, institutional, and cultural understandings of the term-but will specifically focus on the experiences of Philadelphia's Arabic-speaking community that has navigated the resettlement process. Students will analyze literature, artworks, films, and nonfiction texts that address the theme of refuge. We will explore broad topics such as: language, culture, and religion; race and ethnicity; war and militarism. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Philadelphia's Arabic-speaking community through a series of artist-led workshops that will explore the idea of a "sticky family" that is formed beyond national and linguistic boundaries. These workshops will result in a professionally-illustrated comic book. This course is conducted in English.
Eligible for ESCH. PEAC. GLBL-paired.
Fall 2023. Price, Smith.
Catalog chapter: English Literature
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature
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