ROML 2550 syllabus - Spring 2008 ROML 2550 Latino...

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Spring 2008 ROML 2550 Latino Literature and Culture 44-766 12:20-1:10 MWF SLC 248 84-768 2:30-3:20 MWF SLC 248 Instructor: Dr. Ross E-mail: [email protected] Graduate Assistants: Ms. Ashley McLeod, Ms. Althea Hubbard, Mr. Willie Carver, Ms Liz Meehl [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] Office: 218 Gilbert Hall Phone 706-542-5611 Office hours: MWF 10:00-11:00 am. Also available by appointment Course Description: An introduction to contemporary Latino/a culture and literature in the United States, with a major focus on Mexican Americans/Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Dominican Americans. Representative works of various genres will be read and analyzed within a cultural context: the personal essay, poetry, the narrative (short story and novel), and film. Topics to be covered: individual and group identity in relationship to race/ethnicity/nationality, social/economic class, gender, being bicultural versus “living on the margins,” the struggle for self-determination, notions of mestizaje and its impact on cultural production. WebCT: This class will use WebCT for journal entries, updates to syllabus, additional materials for homework or class work, and other useful tools, which will be made available periodically on the course site. As the course progresses, you may be asked to provide comments and/or opinions about the material discussed in class on the WebCT discussion forum. You are expected to check it regularly to keep up with the progress of the class. Required Texts: - - In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Álvarez -- …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera -- Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García -- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros --Class packet available at Bel-Jean (163 E. Broad Street) Grade Distribution: 20% Class Participation (an average of daily participation grades and all assignments in class) 30% Tests (3) (dates given below) 10% Journals 20% Final paper (due at the beginning of class on last day of class, April 28) ** Midterm paper (due at the beginning of class on March 3) 20% Final Exam ** The midterm paper does not receive a specific grade; however, failure to complete the assignment will result in a 10 point deduction from the FINAL CLASS GRADE. Participation and Attendance: Students are expected to read the material assigned and to come to class prepared to articulate their reactions based on the texts, films and their own research. Large and small group discussions form an essential part of the learning process in this class. At the end of each class, the instructor will assign each student a participation grade of 0-4: o
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