Instructor: Thacker M/W/F 12:20am – 1:15pm
BoK: DC – Diversity & Culture; HU – Humanities
This course will give students an introduction to the wealth of ethnic writing that comprises American literature. We will study Latino, African American, Asian and Pacific American, Jewish, and Euro-American experiences through a variety of literary genres, critically considering the role of race and ethnicity in the American experience. The following questions will be explored: How are ethnic peoples construed as the ‘other,’ and how do they respond to this othering? What does it mean to be the “right” kind of immigrant? How do ethnic peoples balance their own cultural values with those of the dominant culture? How does the legacy of slavery linger in our society? Possible authors include: Amy Tan, Claudia Rankine, Sandra Cisernos, Layli Long Soldier, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Zitkala-Sa, Lee Smith, Bharati Mukerjee, and Grace Paley. This course satisfies the English Education major ethnic literature course requirement, as well as the English minor 2000 level course requirement, and the English major global, ethnic or minority course requirement.