Rahul Krishna Gairola
B CUSP 131
Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.
Re-Thinking Home: Literature and Film on Identity and Culture
We shall examine the novels of Michelle Cliff, Jessica Hagedorn, and view two films by Hanif Kureishi. In engaging these texts, we will ask ourselves how they compel us to re-think "home" and the many ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, language, and culture shape the ways we think about belonging and exclusion.
Student learning goals
Fine tune critical thinking skills
Practice speaking and presenting ideas
Original interpretation cultivation
General method of instruction
Begin reading Michelle Cliff's novel "Abeng" and/ or Jessica Hagedorn's novel "Dogeaters"
Class assignments and grading
Short written responses that culminate into a Final Paper that will be peer-reviewed and workshopped at the Writing and Communication Center *before* it is submitted to me.
Engaged participation and written work with the focus on Process over Final Product.