Marites L Mendoza
Covers techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature in its various forms: poetry, drama, prose fiction, and film. Examines such features of literary meanings as imagery, characterization, narration, and patterning in sound and sense. Offered: AWSp.
US Literature and the Experience of the Foreign
Literary texts can offer modes through which writers and readers experience and understand what is outside the U.S., especially through the seeming confines of generic and formal conventions. In this course, we will read and write about literature that challenges and builds the coherence of â€śU.S. Literatureâ€? in ways that are dependent on what is foreign to it. In particular, our readings include literature by foreign figures writing in and from the U.S, but whose work reflects and refracts difference (racial, sexual, and otherwise), and in doing so, negotiates the requirements for inclusion in the nation.
These big questions will be brought into sharper focus through our concentrated study of the the relationship between the U.S. and literature. We will ask what it means to be included in the canon of U.S. literature, and what is lost and gained in grouping literary texts according to U.S. nationality, especially when many of the writers we will read are considered or consider themselves part of a diaspora.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Since this is a â€śWâ€ť course, reading tasks will be coupled with a good deal of writing, workshopping your writing, and responding to classmatesâ€™ writing. Much of the course will be given to practicing close reading techniques and constructing well argued, engaging literary analyses.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly responses, two close-reading short essays, one 6-8 page essay, group research project, and participation and preparation on a regular basis