Simon Gikandi

Robert Schirmer Professor of English
Department of English
Ph.D, Literature
Northwestern University
office:
45 McCosh Hall
office phone:
(609) 258-4072
email:
sgikandi@princeton.edu
Simon Gikandi

Courses

AAS 397 / ENG 397
New Diasporas: African and Caribbean Writers in Europe and North America

This course will explore the works of contemporary authors of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Europe and North America in relation to the changing historical and cultural context of migration and globalization. The course will consider how these writers have represented the process of relocation, acculturation, and the transnational moment. What is the role of the imagination in the rethinking of identities lived across boundaries? Why and how do these authors use the term diaspora to describe their experiences? How do the works of a new generation of writers from Africa and the Caribbean transform theories of globalization?

ENG 397 / AAS 397 / COM 339
New Diasporas: Black British Literature

This is a course on the dynamic body of works produced by migrants and descendants of migrants from Africa and the Caribbean in Britain since the 1950s. How has the migrant experience transformed the British cultural landscape after the end of an empire? What does it mean to be British and Black? How have migrant writers created new aesthetic forms to respond to the meaning of postcolonial Britishness? How does writing function as a mode of imagining alternative spaces of belonging? Readings will range from the novels of migrant arrival in the 1950s and the works of Zadie Smith to “post-racial” novels by Helen Oyeyemi and Aminatta Forna.