SyllabusLiterature and Cultural Diversity(15 August 2017 version)English 129-002/Fall 2017Instructor: Dr. Marc CohenOffice: Greenlaw 421 Off hrs. by appointment.E-mail: [email protected]Mtg: MWF 1:25/Greenl 305Primary Texts:Angels in Americaby Tony KushnerBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa LahiriParable of the Sowerby Octavia E. ButlerThis Is How You Lose Herby Junot DíazSecondary 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 Sowerby 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 Maladiesintroducesus 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