syllabus0002 - English 3377-1 Spring 2007 K~ MW~ 0~4~ Dr...

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English 3377-1 Spring 2007 K~~~~ MW~ 0~ Dr. Sun Hee Teresa Lee Sunhee. [email protected] Office: Education 103 Office Hours: MWF 3-4 4~~ Contemporary Ethnic American Literature While the study of Ethnic American literature commonly takes on a multicultural angle, this course will highlight its transnationality, especially in the works of the last two decades. The narrow time frame will give us a good sense of the present and the recent past of Ethnic American literature. The transnational contexts in these works are informed by various historical and cultural realities. Some contemporary writers are concerned with historical phenomena that connect the United States to other parts of the world, for example, the slave trade or U.S. imperialism, while others are interested in immigration and the attendant issues of dislocation and assimilation. Furthermore, beyond these realistic connections, some Ethnic American writers find thematic and formal links to different national traditions. By studying the works of such writers as Charles Johnson, Teresa Hak-Kyung Cha, Gerald Vizenor, Julia Alvarez, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Edwidge Danticat, we will explore the intricate map of contemporary American literature, which extends far beyond the U.S. borders. The nodes on the map will include, among others, the western coast of Africa, Dominican Republic, China, Korea, and India. Required Texts Charles Johnson, Middle Passage, Scribner, 1998, (1990). Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters, Penguin, 1991, (1990). Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Plume, 2005, (1991). Gerald Vizenor, Griever: An American Monkey King in China, University of Minnesota Press, 1990, (1987). Jhumpa Lahiri, The Interpreter of Maladies, 1999 . Lan Samantha Chang, Hunger, 2000. Edwidge Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory, 1998. Goals Increase your knowledge of ethnic American literature. Advance your reading ability.
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