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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46185 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 306

Course Description

The history and culture of the United States and the larger Americas have been profoundly shaped by migrations. Although migration is sometimes represented as a threat to the integrity of the nation, it is, in fact, at the center of it. We will explore the impact of this history by reading contemporary literature by women, with particular attention to how migration is shaped by gender and sexuality. We will consider how literature (and film), with its attention to the relation between personal and historical experience, provides an especially valuable document of migration and intervenes in public discourse about it. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to reflect critically on the their own national identities as residents, and in some cases, citizens of the U.S. – what does it mean, and what can it mean, to be “American”? Grading Policy Short (1-2-page) papers every other week 50% Two longer (5-page) papers 30% Attendance and class participation 20% Texts Sui-Sin Far, from Mrs. Spring Fragrance and other Stories Anzia Yezierska, America and I Edwige Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory Sandra Cisneros, Caramelo Zadie Smith, White Teeth Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night Monique Truong, The Book of Salt Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis Course packet of essays by Lisa Lowe, David Eng, Chandra Mohanty, and others Films: Julie Dash, Daughters of the Dust Frances Negron-Muntaner, Brincando el Charco: Diary of A Puerto Rican


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