Spring 2024 - ENGL 385 E100

Across Time, Across Space (4)

Class Number: 5041

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Wed, 4:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units or two 200-division English courses.



Explores influential works of literature with a particular emphasis on how they exist across temporal and/or spatial divides, how they alternately bridge and reinforce differences of time, culture, and place. May be repeated for credit once if different topic is taught.


Arguably, human beings are defined by their mobility: popular theories of our origins have us walking out of Africa and, over the millennia, spreading, largely on foot, over the planet’s land masses. Stories related to less welcome forms of mobility abound—stories of exiles, of refugees, and of those displaced and yearning to return to homelands, the long history of which we will consider, beginning with Homer’s story of the hero Odysseus’s ten-year struggle to return home. While a large part of our focus will be on the contemporary moment of the so-called refugee crisis, where we will focus on the Refugee Tales project at length, we will also look at several texts which bridge the long gap between Homer and the twentieth century. Course readings will be supplemented with at least one film.


  • Participation 10%
  • Discussion prompts (5-6 over the course) 25%
  • Reading Journal (approx. 10 pages) 20%
  • Essay proposal 10%
  • Essay (approx. 3000 words) 35%



Homer, The Odyssey
ISBN: 9780393356250

Herd and Pincus, Refugee Tales Vol 1.
ISBN: 9781910974230

Herd and Pincus, Refugee Tales Vol. 2
ISBN: 9781910974308

Solmaz Sharif, Customs
ISBN: 9781644450796

W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz


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