Syllabus English 129 15 August 2017.docx - Syllabus Literature and Cultural Diversity(15 August 2017 version English 129-002\/Fall 2017 Office Greenlaw

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Syllabus Literature and Cultural Diversity (15 August 2017 version) English 129-002/Fall 2017 Instructor: Dr. Marc Cohen Office : Greenlaw 421 Off hrs. by appointment. E-mail: [email protected] Mtg: MWF 1:25/Greenl 305 Primary Texts: Angels in America by Tony Kushner Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz Secondary materials. Required Materials: Laptops with wireless internet access and MS Word. Course Description: We will read five works of literature—one novel, two short story collections, one long epistolary essay, and one drama. Collectively this literature represents a cross section of contemporary America—a land of many races, ethnicities, languages, national origins, religions, and sexual orientations. Parable of the Sower by African-American science fiction novelist Octavia E. Butler provides us with a dystopian vision of the American future. This Is How You Lose Her , a short story collection by Junot Díaz and a finalist for the National Book Award, considers relationship troubles from a Dominican-American’s point of view. Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Interpreter of Maladies introduces us to the lives of Indian Americans, many of whom are immigrants. In the National Book Award-winning essay Between the World and Me , Ta-Nahisi Coates writes an open letter to his son, telling him about the American world that he, as a young African American male, is inheriting. Finally, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America , Tony Kushner shows a vision what it meant to be a gay man in the United States at the height of the AIDS crisis at the end of the millennium. Course Goals: Develop reading comprehension and interpretation skills. Develop MLA-style analytical essay-writing skills. Develop timed-essay writing skills. Develop literary discussion skills. Practice collaborative group work. Develop group presentation skills. Spirit of the Class: To expand our multicultural awareness and knowledge.
How We Will Approach the Literature: For each work of literature we will (1) introduce ourselves to the author, (2) learn the history of the work, (3) establish the genre, (4) learn the story, (5) acquaint ourselves with

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