Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2007/2008
Canadian Excellence

CQ613
Nostalgia and Exile: Memory, History, Identity
0.5 Credit

Refugee, migrant, and exile narratives are infused with nostalgia a desire to be located in a better time, a better place. If nostalgia is about the remembrance of what was lost, what was "home", what happened at another time, one could also say that in their narrativisations of such pasts, refugees, migrants, and exiles gesture toward a future, a utopian time of placement. This course examines questions raised theoretically, politically, and socially by the nostalgic practices of refugees, migrants, and exiles represented in filmic, fictional, and ethnographic narratives of memory, history, and identity.