Delve Spring 2019 – Immigrant Women’s Literature


Delve Spring 2019 – Immigrant Women’s Literature


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Immigrant Women’s Literature: Crossing the Borders of Nations and Selves  

Sundays, April 28, May 5, and May 12, 2019 (three 3-hour sessions)
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Guide: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Tuition: $195

*Tuition includes admission to Chimamanda Adichie’s Everybody Reads author event on March 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (available for those who register before March 14)

This seminar will focus on the experiences of migrant, immigrant, and refugee women of color and their diverse relationships to their past nations, history, memory, and migrations. By reading works by Reyna Grande, Diana Abu Jabar, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, we will explore how each of these writers represent the consequences of border crossings, and the interconnections between language, culture, self and displacements that such border crossings invariably provoke.

Reading List: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande; Crescent by Diana Abu Jabar; Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is a professor of English and co-coordinates the Gender Studies program at Linfield College and holds the Edith Green Professorship for 2018-19. She is the author of The Postcolonial Citizen: An Intellectual Migrant (2010). A recipient of the Edith Green Award for excellence in teaching and the Marvin and Laurie Henberg International Scholar Award, Dutt-Ballerstadt was born in India and has lived in the U.S. for 28 years.