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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 416 / AMS 416 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Literature and Ethics - Minority Literatures and Ethical Reading

Christina A. Leon

In a world where different peoples and cultures circulate, the task of ethically encountering difference is urgent. Yet, minority literatures across the Americas are often read as a token or symbol of their cultures, which risks reducing communities to one story. This course will consider the ethics of reading literary pieces across the Americas in relation to their cultural context, noting how authors portray the historical legacies of trauma, violence, and marginalization. Moving beyond the multicultural imperative to merely include "other" voices, we will focus instead on how we can responsibly listen to, or witness, these stories.

Sample reading list:
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
Valeria Luiselli, The Story of My Teeth
Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Chang Rae Lee, Native Speaker
Shani Mootoo, Cereus Blooms at Night

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly journaling, three close readings (3 pages), one oral presentation, final paper (12-15 pages). Other 10% = Abstract - 350-500 words (5%) and Annotated Bibliography - four sources (5%)

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Theory/Criticism and Diaspora. Students will also be asked to keep weekly reading journals.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43396 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:10 Limit:20