E 314L • Approaches to Ethnic and Minority American Literatures
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
The main goal of this course is to prepare future English majors to study the broad range of minority American literatures. We will approach the work of African American, Chicana/o, Chinese American, and Native American authors from cultural, formal, and historical perspectives. In particular, we will look at ways that readings generated from within the authors' respective communities produce different interpretations than readings generated from outside that community.
10 one-page reading responses
2 three-page essays
1 five-page final essay (a revised version of one of the three page essays)
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
Thomas King, Green Grass, Running Water
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
Tentative Secondary Reading List:
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Tey Diana Rebolledo