Stephen H. Sumida
Prose fiction, historical narratives, and poetry (including lyrics and songs) of Hawaii by Native Hawaiian and multicultural local writers and composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Analyses of colonization and its consequences frame the literary studies.
The texts in the course include Native Hawaiian lyrics and songs, the Queen's book, John Dominis Holt's Waimea Summer, Milton Murayama's All I Asking for Is My Body, Juliet Kono's Anshuu, and four contemporary Hawaiian plays. The historical analysis that is the backbone of the course moves from the time of the Monarchy to the multicultural, "Local" present, from sovereign nation and culture to colonization in the form of a state.
Student learning goals
close reading of multicultural literary texts
historicized readings of texts
interpretation and performance of contemporary plays
comprehension of writers' interpretation of cultural consequences of the changes from sovereign Kingdom to Territory and then to State
General method of instruction
lecture and discussion
none besides the skills and abilities any student admitted to UW should already have
Class assignments and grading
Two papers, five to seven pages each; a series of quizzes throughout the quarter; participation in the group production of a play; reading of seven texts, including the book of plays
Paper 1, 25% of course grade; Paper 2, 25%; quizzes, 25%; participation in collaborative play production, 25%