Explores dynamics of cultures in contact and conflict and examines how literatures of different ethnic groups reflect this contrast. Emphasizes historical and cultural perspectives on immigrant and ethnic experience in the U.S. Analyzes literature depicting different aspects of the immigrant and ethnic experience within the larger context of America.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Read the required texts before you begin the class if you have time. this will give you the opportunity for a second reading during the class, increasing your understanding and developing your ideas.
Required Reading: O’Pioneers by Willa Cather, Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska, Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid Various Essays on Course Reserve at the Tacoma Library
Class assignments and grading
-Study guides for each novel -two essays 5 to 10 pages
Grades will be assigned based on the 'study guides' and the two class essays.