In this writing course we compare and contrast various representations of the foreign or alien in a cross-cultural selection of literary texts and films. Clearly, the foreign does not imply otherness or exclusion just at a legal/territorial level, so we will be interested in exploring this theme in other domains as well. The selected texts will provide rich examples for re-thinking this status from various perspectives. In particular, we will push the concept farther by examining this theme in the context of moral, philosophical, cultural and socio-political conflicts. Among other questions we will ask what it means to be a foreigner. In what ways and to what effect(s) is the foreigner identified/presented? What are the challenges and the contexts? How does the experience shape the self- other relationship?