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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 314L • Approaches to Ethnic and Minority American Literatures

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33690 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

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, Indian 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. We will also spend time discussing issues such as writing about literature, classroom discussions about literature, and library research for literature classes.

Grading Policy

Writing Portfolio:
10 one-page reading responses
2 three-page essays
1 five-page final essay (a revised version of one of the three page essays)


Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues
Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Helena Maria Viramontes, The Moths and Other Stories


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