Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The main objective of this course is to acquaint students with literary works written by and about inhabitants of a geographical region of the United States know as the Southwest. The Southwest is a culturally diverse region that is comprised of three primary groups or cultures: Native Americans, Latinos, and Anglos, three cultures that have been in conflict with one another for several centuries. Consequently, literature from this region encompasses a variety of voices, some that are familiar,some that are obscure and some that are strange and surprising. Students in this class will read literature produced by these three major groups, and they will examine cultural influences and historical events that shaped Southwestern literature. In addition to novels, materials covered in this class will include poems, movies, folktales, documentaries and short stories.
Annya, Rudolfo, BLESS ME ULTIMA
Brammer,Billy Lee, THE GAY PLACE (A book about Lyndon Johnson)
Willa Cather, DEATH COMES TO THE ARCHBISHOP
McCarthy,Cormac, BLOOD MEREDIAN
McMurtry, Larry, HORSEMAN PASS BY
Momaday, Scott, HOUSE MADE OF DAWN
Nichols,John, THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR
Reynolds, Clay, THE VIGIL
Steinbeck, John, GRAPES OF WRATH
Wiesepape,Betty. LONE STAR CHAPTERS
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students enrolling in this class must have graduate level standing or the equivalent. During the course of the semester, students will read all assigned materials and will write a two page reaction paper about each novel and/or short story. In addition, students will write one seminar paper and will give one report on a southwestern author to be selected from a list distributed by the professor.