This course explores exile narratives and the literary themes that emerge from them: the journey, diaspora, and return. We will discuss the different meanings of these concepts. The course will provide some historical context surrounding each text and theme, and we will explore the meanings of these themes as they apply to the texts. Some other themes that will emerge in relation to exile narratives will include hybridity, estrangement, creativity, memory, and legacies, which are produced from the experience of exile. Exile narratives will often center around what we will call the contact zone: What happens when cultures with different norms come into contact with each other through migration and sometimes colonization? In sum, our discussions will focus on both the historical contexts of the texts as well as the literary themes that emerge from these unique narratives.