ENGL 6340.601 Ethnic American Literatures (DE)
Dr. Ellen Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This online graduate seminar will examine fiction, poetry, memoirs, and essays by ethnic American writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. This course will “center” ethnic voices and perspectives that have been silenced or marginalized in traditional literary studies by examining some of the ways that multicultural literatures rewrite dominant narratives of national history and identity. We will use an interdisciplinary approach that includes literary history and theory as well as explorations of political, historical, and cultural contexts.
Texts may include: Wesley Brown and Amy Ling, Imagining America: Stories From the Promised Land; Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon; Randall Kenan, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead; Diana García, When Living Was a Labor Camp; Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior; Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated; Linda Hogan, Solar Storms; selected poems, short stories, plays, and essays. Requirements: participation in online discussions; team-leadership of one class discussion, including an annotated bibliography; regular informal study question and short paper assignments; 3 Critical Response Papers (4-5 pages); one longer Critical Response Paper (8 pages).
ENGL 7080.601 Cultural Studies Theory and Method (DE)
Dr. Andrea Kitta (email@example.com)
This online course will provide a broad introduction to the complex interdisciplinary (some would say “anti-disciplinary”) field of Cultural Studies, including: an overview of the major historical movements (British, American, Australian) and the contemporary expansion of the field into transnational and global contexts; key concepts in the field, such as culture, signifying practices, representation, articulation, power, subjectivity, and identity; and the major theoretical strands of Cultural Studies, including Marxism, post-Marxism, structuralism, post-structuralism, postmodernism, feminism, queer theory, and post/neo-colonial studies. We will survey methodologies employed in the field, including reception studies, ethnography, and textual approaches. Our own research will focus on textual analysis, concentrating on issues of identity and representation in fiction, television, film, the internet, advertising/consumer goods, and public spaces.
Required Texts: Chris Barker, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice. 3rd ed. Sage: 2008; Simon During, ed. The Cultural Studies Reader. 3rd ed. Routledge: 2007; essays and other materials on Bb. Recommended: Maja Mikula, Key Concepts in Cultural Studies. Palgrave, 2008. (Note: Do not purchase earlier editions of these texts!)
Course Requirements: discussion leadership; active participation in online discussion; 4 to 6 short personal response or case study papers (1½-3 pp.); a final research project (10-12 pp. for MA students; 18-20 pp. for PhD students) including a Power Point presentation to the class.
ENGL 7365.601 Multicultural Poetry (DE)
Dr. Julie Fay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
English 7365.602: Middle Eastern Literature in English (DE)
Dr. Rick Taylor (email@example.com)
Reading and critical approach to the literature written in English about the Persian Gulf region, inclusive of the “Greater Middle East” (incorporating Pakistan and Afghanistan, for example) by authors born in that region. Of special concern are migrant experiences, the idea of Jihad, the complexities of identity as represented in the works, and constructions of “The West.” While the term “Middle Eastern” is Eurocentric, it has been universally adopted as a term including Mashriq (places of sunrise) and Maghreb (places of sunset)—lands in the region both eastern and western; areas that are largely Muslim and Arabic-speaking; as well as cultural and national traditions as disparate as Israel and Iran.
Mourid Barghouti. I Saw Ramallah/2000/Anchor Books ISBN: 1-4000-3266-0
Salma Jayyusi, ed. Modern Arabic Poetry/1987/Columbia UP 0-231-05273-1
Edward Said, Orientalism/1979/Vintage ISBN: 0-394-74067-X
Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist/2007/Harcourt/ ISBN: 978-0-15-603402-9
Fadia Faqir, Pillars of Salt/2007/Interlink/ISBN: 13:978-1-56656-253-9
Dalia Sofer, The Septembers of Shiraz/2007/Ecco/ISBN:10:0-06-113040-0
Alaa Al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building/2004/Harper Collins ISBN: 10:0-06-087813-4
Naguid Mahfouz, Midaq Alley/1992/Anchor P/ISBN: 978-0-385-26476-1
Rajaa Alsanea, Girls of Riyadh/2005/Penguin/978-0-14-311347-8
Elif Shafak, The Bastard of Istanbul/2007/Penguin/978-0-14-311271-6
Assignments will include a reading log, several short informal papers, active participation in online discussion, and two drafts of a full-length critical paper.