ENGL 3377 Multicultural Literature
Henri Lefebvre writes in The Production of Space that “any [who] search for space in literary texts will find it everywhere and in every guise: enclosed, described, projected, dreamt of, and speculated about” (Lefebvre 15). A Small Place: Geographies of Multicultural Literature investigates the complex relationship between space/place and race. Through our readings, we will interrogate how identity is constructed as a result of location (and/or vice versa) and the ways geography is expressed through a variety of literary forms.
- Discover how texts address social, cultural, and political concerns through various literary forms addressing how literature dramatizes, interrogates, reflects upon and reimagines racial and cultural experience.
- Describe and define the ways the large and small spaces shape your understanding of race and ethnicity.
- Effectively discuss and engage the primary materials as well as supporting scholarship, critical analysis, close reading, and literary terminology.
- Enhance writing skills through formal and informal writing assignments. Students will work with MLA citation formatting in formal essays that will use textual evidence to support well-constructed argumentative ideas.
Books will be available at the CU Bookstore or you can purchase online. (e-books are fine, if available).
- Gardner, Janet. Reading and Writing About Literature: A Portable Guide 3rd (ISBN 1457606496)
- Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place (ISBN 0374527075)
- Naylor, Gloria. Mama Day (ISBN 0679721819)
- Otsuka, Julie. When the Emperor Was Divine (ISBN 0385721811)
- Pinero, Miguel Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Pinero (ISBN 1558856064)
- Tuan, Yi-Fu. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience (ISBN 0816638772)
- Wiesenthal, Simon, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (ISBN 0805210601)
Additional required readings and supplementary materials will be on D2L in PDF and media forms.
Assignments and Grading
|Weekly Discussion Posts (5 initial posts/10 response posts)||30 Points|
|Short Close Reading Papers (3; 10 points each)||30 Points|
|Final Project (proposal, rough draft, workshop, and final draft)||100 Points|
|End-of-Semester Meta Commentary||20 Points|