6100, Summer 2007
Studying and Teaching Multicultural Literature
Provisional Syllabus in Preparation
Perhaps this seminar should be called "Challenges in Studying and Teaching Multicultural Literature" because we will explore the problems and possibilities students and teachers encounter as they seek to take on the transformation of literature study and teaching. This course is intended to raise questions, initiate discussions, and broaden and deepen perspectives.
This class will not fully or even adequately address the topic or topics raised, it will not "certify" expertise in any of these areas, it will not provide simple or satisfying answers. Of course we will not "cover" Native American, Chicano, Asian American, African, and Modern Arabic literatures. The ambition of the class is to foster more thoughtful, respectful, historically and culturally informed teaching and open doors to further learning.
We will meet Monday through Thursday, 9-11:30, during a special summer session, June 18 to July 19 in a laptop seminar classroom in Sangren Hall, room 3310.
Reading for the class will consist of a series of five texts read in common, and five texts or films viewed independently, along with scholarly and critical articles available on line and handed out. The class will include presentations, visiting speakers, and field trips. Meeting real people and learning about living communities is a valued part of this course's approach to multicultural literature. We will develop of a class wiki site intended as a resource for other secondary and university teachers and scholars.
Momaday, N. Scott. The Way to Rainy Mountain.
Rivera, Thomas. ...y no se lo tragó la tierra / ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club.
Ousmane, Sembene. Xala
Kanafani, Ghassan. Men in the Sun.
Five additional literary works or films, selected from lists provided by the professor in each area of study: Native American, Chicano, Asian American, African, Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature.
Packets including scholarly, historical, and pedagogical essays.
|Five short analysis papers examining a teaching or scholarly challenge regarding a work read independently by the student (4-5 pages). This paper describes the challenge and offers ideas and resources. It should include secondary sources, including web resources, and be published on the class wiki site.
Collaborative work on the wiki site.
Native American Literature
Mon, June 18
Tues, June 19
Discussion of readings/websites:
- "History" from Talking Indian: Reflections on Survival and Writing (Anna Lee Waters)
- "Adventures of an Indian Princess" (Patricia Wiley)
- "The Prisoner of Haiku" (Gordon Henry)
- "On the Translation of Native American Song and Story" (Arnold Krupat)
- "Image and Silence" (Helen Jaskoski)
Wed, June 20
Thurs, June 21
Mon, June 25
Tues, June 26
Wed, June 27
Guest Speaker: Andrea Juarez, New Latino Visions
Field Trip: Lunch at La Mexicana Market / Restaurant
Thurs, June 28
Discussion of reading, teaching, wiki
Asian American Literature
with Erinn Bentley
Mon, July 2
Tues, July 3
Discussion of readings:
- "Globalization and 'Asian Values': Teaching and Theorizing Asian American Literature," Yuan Shu
- "'Sugar Sisterhood': Situating the Amy Tan Phenomenon," Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong
- "Preface to Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers," Frank Chin
- "Introduction" from Charlie Chan is Dead, Jessica Hagedorn
- "Filipino American Values," Daniel Gonzales
- "The Model Minority Discourse," Brian Niiya
- "Reading Asian Characters in English," George Leonard
- "The Early History of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Filipinos in America," Brian Niiya
- "Asian American Literature: The Canon and the First Generation," S.E. Solberg
- "Japanese American Life in the Twentieth Century," K. Morgan Yamanaka
- "Korean American One-Point-Five," Jeeyeon Lee
Wed, July 4
Thurs, July 5
Panel of Guest Speakers
Mon, July 9
Tues, July 10
Wed, July 11
Thurs, July 12
Discussion of reading, teaching and wiki
Kalamazoo Ethnic Diversity Celebration, noon-8:00pm
Mayor's Riverfront Park
Contemporary Middle Eastern Literature In Translation
with Dr. Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler
Mon, July 16
Tues, July 17
Wed, July 18
Thurs, July 19
- Oral Tradition, Sufi Poetry, Landscape
- Reading, Teaching, and Wiki Project
Given the condensed nature of the class participation is vital in 6100, missing classes may lower the grade
and missing more than 4 classes may lead to failing. This class will follow
WMU academic honesty policies.
any point in the semester if you feel stress, English 6100 offers free
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