Mon, Wed 12-1:50 Office hrs: M, W 10-12
Converse 102 Foster 213; Ph: 832-2370
Spring 2007 firstname.lastname@example.org
This course will provide a study of twentieth century
You are expected to finish assigned readings by the posted due date, which will enable you to follow lectures and participate in class discussions. The primary class assignments are two exams (midterm and final), one presentation, and a final research paper (9-12pgs). The midterm and final exams will test your knowledge of the course readings and all lecture material. They will include essay questions and textual excerpts for identification/analysis. The aim of the research paper is to perfect your writing skills and your ability to analyze literary texts in depth. I will suggest specific topics for the paper, but you are allowed to write on your own topic if you discuss it with me prior to your draft. Finally, the presentation will allow you to research specific topics on your own and present them in a multi-media format. There will be no make-up exams or deadline extensions for any class assignment.
Attendance, and participation dependent on your attendance, will significantly affect your final grade. Note that each three unexcused absences will lower your final grade for a 1/3 (for example, after three absences an A- goes down to a B+), while more than seven absences will prevent you from earning the required four credits and thus passing this class. When you miss a class, you are responsible for getting from your classmates (not from me) class notes and all pertinent class information of that day. To maintain a professional, academic atmosphere, please do not bring cell phones, iPods, food, or anything else inappropriate for the classroom.
Finally, for the College’s
statement on academic honesty, please refer to the Academic Catalogue or the
Student Handbook. If you have a disability for which you will need
accommodations in this class, please let me know as soon as possible. You will
also be required to provide documentation of your disability to the Services
for Students with Disabilities program in the
--midterm exam 25%
--final exam 25%
--research paper 30%
Toni Morrison, Beloved.
Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban.
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior.
Xeroxed material provided by the instructor
2: Slavery in the
Wk 4: The Civil Rights Movement
Wk 6: The Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements in the 1960s
6: The Cuban Revolution and Exile to the
Wk 10: Asian American Poetry
12: Discussion of
Wk 13: Native American Poetry
Wk 15: Discussion of Smoke Signals
Syllabus (subject to change)
Mon, Jan. 8 Class Goals and Methodology
Wed, Jan. 10 US Minority Experiences
Mon, Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (college closed)
Tue, Jan. 16 academic Monday: Slavery in the US (SP); F. Douglass
Wed, Jan. 17 T. Morrison, Beloved
Mon, Jan. 22 continue Beloved
Wed, Jan. 24 continue above
Mon, Jan. 29 conclude Beloved
Wed, Jan. 31 Civil Rights Movement (SP); Poetry
Mon, Feb. 5 R. Wright, J. Baldwin
Wed, Feb. 7 G. Naylor
Mon, Feb. 12 Latino Movements (SP); Poetry, E. Galarza
Wed, Feb. 14 Cuban Revolution (SP); C. Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban
Mon, Feb. 19 Presidents’ Day (College closed)
Wed, Feb. 21 continue Dreaming in Cuban
Mon, March 5 conclude Dreaming in Cuban; midterm essay topics
Wed, March 7 G. Gomez Peña, G. Anzaldúa; midterm due
Mon, March 12 Poetry (SP); S. Sin Far, J. Okada
March 14 H.
Yamamoto, B. Mukherjee, (R. Martinez, “From
March 19 M.H.
Wed, March 21 continue above
Wed, March 28 discussion (SP)
Mon, April 2 Poetry (SP); Zitkala-Sa, L.M. Silko
Wed, April 4 B. Cameron, J. Forbes, P. Allen Gunn
Mon, April 9 S. Alexie, First Indian on the Moon
Wed, April 11 continue above
Mon, April 16 Smoke Signals (film screening); research paper due
Wed, April 18 discussion (SP)
Mon, April 23 final exam