Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
America’s literature is rich and multi-voiced, because we have a complex history as an expansionist power and a destination for immigration. This class will focus on this sort of literature: texts written by authors from an array of cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. We will explore questions of identity production, “the gaze,” intersectional identity, and voice. To do this, we will read texts from a variety of categories: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and photography.
**This course may be applied to the Gender Studies minor.
**This course may be applied to the Spanish minor, with Instructor Approval and if the student fulfills appropriate modifications to the course assignments.
Texts may include:
Sylvia Dubois (Now 116 Years Old), A Biography of the Slave Who Whipped her Mistress and Gained Her Freedom. C. W. Larison (1883) [Biography/Ethnography]
How the Other Half Lives. Jacob Riis (1890) [Photography/Social Documentary]
Wynema: A Child of the Forest. S. Alice Callahan (1891) [Novel]
The Annals of ‘Steenth Street. (Selections) Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1900-10) [Short Stories]
The Souls of Black Folk. (Selections) W. E. B. DuBois (1903) [Essays]
Mrs. Spring Fragrance. (Selections) Edith Maude Eaton/Sui Sin Far (1912) [Short Stories]
Salome of the Tenements. Anzia Yezierska (1923) [Novel]
Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. [Poetry]
The Gilda Stories. Jewelle Gomez. (1991) [Novel]
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Sherman Alexie. (1993) [Short Stories]
Drown. Junot Díaz (1996) [Short Stories]
Poetry of Sandra Maria Esteves and Judith Ortiz Cofer. (Selections) [Poetry]
Interpreter of Maladies. Jhumpa Lahiri. (2000) [Short Stories]
American Born Chinese. Gene Luen Yang (2006) [Comic]
Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. Benjamin Allire Sáenz (2012) [Short Stories]
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Weekly Reading Responses (200-350 words)
Two short papers, revised and developed from Reading Responses
Final paper portfolio revised and developed from one of the short papers.
As a seminar-style course, thorough preparation and engaged student participation is expected.