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Spring 2017-2018
AMS 310 / ENG 434 / ASA 310 (LA)   na, npdf

Multiethnic American Short Stories: Tales We Tell Ourselves

Tessa L. Desmond

Short stories have been used by writers to make concise, insightful comments about American national identity and individuality. Taken up by African-Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and many others, the genre has been used to convey experiences with immigration and assimilation, discrimination and oppression, generational divides, and interactions across difference. Examination of such stories deepens our understanding of America's multiethnic landscape. In this seminar, we will explore stories written by a diverse group of writers to consider the ties that both link and divide multiethnic America.

Sample reading list:
Toni Morrison, Recitatif
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Third and Final Continent
Gish Jen, Who's Irish?
Junot Diaz, Ysrael
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Reading/Writing assignments:
The reading load will average 80-100 pages per week, with an approximate balance of two-thirds fiction and one-third non-fiction. Students will write weekly responses for each fiction reading (25%). There will be two midterm take-home essay exams. Students will also write a short (8-10 page) paper for their final project. Participation and attendance are especially important to seminar discussion and will be graded accordingly.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Take Home Mid term Exam - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Please contact jferszt@princeton.edu to be added to the wait list.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43339 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:15 Limit:12 Closed