Research Papers/Topics in African Studies

Migration and Transnationalism in Teju Cole's Open City

The novel, titled Open City, is a metaphor which the author uses to allude to migration and globalization. It is also an obvious reference to the declaration of Brussels as an open city during World War 1. Cole examines multiple themes related to transnationalism as his protagonist, a Nigerian American doctor wanders about in New York in an attempt to track migrating birds, examines the numerous relationships he has had with other immigrants like himself. Julius is an embodiment of th...