Race, Migration, Empire. This course offers an introduction to contemporary global literatures in English by writers from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. We will focus on the braided themes of race, migration and empire as they are explored in literary works that grapple with the histories and legacies of British and US imperialisms. Reading across multiple intellectual traditions—including postcolonial literary theory, Black diaspora studies, American studies and feminist theory—students will be introduced to key debates and questions that have animated the study of “world literature in English,” including issues of language, representation and imperial power. Literary and cultural texts will include works by NoViolet Bulawayo, Andrea Levy, Meena Alexander, Zadie Smith, Dinaw Mengestu and Mira Nair.