E338 – Ethnic Literature in the United States

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Fall Spring Summer

Prerequisite: One Literature course or one ETST course.

Description: This course will take a comparative approach to the multi-ethnic literatures of the United States. No understanding of these literatures and cultures is possible without exploring how each group affected and was affected by other groups. Course topics will include the relationship of ethnicity and/or race to artistry, identity, difference, gender, class, and nation. Focusing for the most part on 19 th and 20 th-century materials, class readings will be drawn from multiple genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry). We’ll consider such writers as María Ampara Ruiz de Burton, Ole Rolvaag, Zitkala-Sa, Frederick Douglass, Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Jimmy Santiago Baca.

This course fulfills Category 3 for all majors.