Syllabus Spring 2011

Syllabus Spring 2011 - ENGLISH 129-001 LITERATURE AND...

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ENGLISH 129-001 LITERATURE AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY FALL 2011 Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Flanagan Office: Greenlaw 427 E-mail: ktflanag@email.unc.edu Office hours: MWF 11:00-12:00 and by appointment Course Description : This class will explore literature from Pacific Islands that are former or present United States territories, as well as literature written by Pacific Islanders with American connections and experiences. We will read writing from Oceania (the Pacific) in order to examine the ways in which Pacific and American cultures come together. We will discuss American cultural influences in Oceania, as well as how individuals define their identities with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, and nationality. We will look at the attitudes and opinions of people from Oceania about “belonging” after emigration to the United States for work and education. We will also consider the ways in which United States perceptions of Oceania affect the peoples of the region. Required texts : Barclay, Robert. Melal: A Novel of the Pacific . Honolulu: U of Hawai’i P, 2002. Davenport, Kiana. House of Many Gods . New York: Ballantine, 2006. Figiel, Sia. Where We Once Belonged . New York: Distributed Arts, 1999. Hagedorn, Jessica. Dogeaters: A Play. New York: Theater Communications Group, 2003. Kihleng, Emelihter. My Urohs . Honolulu: Kahuaomano, 2008. Kneubuhl, John. Think of a Garden and Other Plays . Honolulu: U of Hawai’i P, 1997. Sinavaiana-Gabbard, Caroline. Alchemies of Distance . Honolulu: Tinfish, 2001. The following required readings are on reserve (electronic and paper) at the library : Holt, John Dominis. “The Pool.” A Hawai’i Anthology . Ed. Joseph Stanton. Honolulu: U of Hawai’i P, 1997. 8-15. Lum, Darrell. "Fourscore and Seven Years Ago." Growing Up Local: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose from Hawai'i. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge, 1998. ---. “What School You Went?” The Best of Honolulu Fiction . Ed. Eric Chock and Darrell Lum. Honolulu: Bamboo Ridge, 1999. Ramarui, Hermana. “Freedom.” The Palauan Perspectives . 1984. 47-50. Tobin, Jack A.
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