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Spring 2016-2017
* ENG 227 / GSS 222 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

American Identities in the 21st Century

Alfred Bendixen

How do American writers represent diverse and fluid identities in the new millennium? How does the literary imagination engage new views of sexuality and gender, respond to political and personal violence, and confront racial, social, and economic injustice? This course explores these questions in recent works by Adichie, Alexie, Bechdel, Morrison, and others.

Sample reading list:
Alison Bechdel, Fun Home
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Toni Morrison, Home
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
Viet Tranh Nguyen, The Sympathizer
Jenny Lawson, Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: an average of 200-250 pages per week; two short papers (1,000-1,500 words)

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43079 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:35 Limit:40
44114 P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   30   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
44115 P02 7:30 pm - 8:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:10 Limit:14
44437 P03 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43080 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled