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Unformatted text preview: English 320 Multicultural American Literature Professor Kelly Nims Office Hours: MW 10-11am and by appointment 12 th Fl. Rm 1234 HW Telephone: (646) 270-5042 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org This course will examine the definition of cultural identity via literature presented by writers of African American, Caribbean, Asian- American, Latino-American, and Irish -American origins. Discussions involve both close reading of selected texts and comparison of the values the texts promote. Students engage in a variety of communication-intensive activities designed to enhance their appreciation of literature and their awareness of the way it shapes and reflects a multicultural world. Required Texts: Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street . New York: Vintage, 1984. Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory. New York: Vintage Press, 1994 . Diaz, Junot. Drown. New York: Riverhead, 1996. Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake . Boston: Houghton, 2003. Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies . Boston: Houghton, 1999. McCourt, Frank. Angelas Ashes . New York: Touchstone, 1996. Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark . New York: Random House, 1992. Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club . New York: Random House, 1990. Walker, Alice. The Third Life of Grange Copeland. New York: Washington Sq. Press, 1970. Recommended Texts Raimes, Ann. Keys for Writers . 4th ed. Boston: Houghton, 2005. Requirements : Formal Essays: Rather than simply presenting a narrative or factual summary, each of these essays should forward a focused claim in compare and contrast form and develop a well- supported argument with reference to the text(s) . These essays must be five to seven pages in length. Since this is a writing intensive course, substantial revisions are required. Failure to meet the expected page length requirement will result in a grade of zero (40% of final grade). Presentations: Each student will teach some aspect of an assigned topic to the class in a group format. This may involve dramatic readings, critical commentary, and the presentation of online materials. This presentation should not be a summary of the assigned reading, but an interpretation that offers the audience a deeper understanding of the work itself (20% of final grade). Participation: Each student will be responsible for actively participating in all in class discussions and assignments. Participation includes, but is not limited to, in class writing assignments, group work, attendance, and discussions in the blackboard forum ( 20% of final grade ). Final Exam: Based on assigned reading and in-class discussions (20% of final grade)....
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