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ENG 380 The Literature of Exile and Displacement: Home

This course explores unstable and shifting identities in contemporary America.

American Immigrants

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Researching Your Family Tree

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. Historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, which was founded in 1894, Family Search is dedicated to preserving the records of the family of mankind. Its purpose is simple—help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records. FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world with 4+billion names from around the world.

The USGenWeb Project provides free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

The Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) provides a selection of links for how to do genealogical research, genealogy resources around the world, and searchable databases.

Getting Started

Literature Specific Databases


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Elizabeth Parang
Pepperdine University Libraries
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Course Description

Exile is a dominant theme of our times. It can be found in the forced migration of populations but also in the temporal, cultural, and physical alienation of the individual's experiences of the postmodern world. This course explores unstable and shifting identities in contemporary America. The carefully selected stories we will read address issues such as remembering and forgetting, trauma and nostalgia, time and space, social and sexual exclusion, and multiple others. The course is a multi-faceted literary exploration of exile and displacement — geographical, temporal, corporeal and/or performative — and will provide an important analysis of a significant and fascinating aspect of contemporary culture.