How do we make sense of literary texts that are "different"--whether in culture, language use, form, or subject matter? This course is an introduction to writing that challenges the reader to "make sense" of works that depart from the familiar, whether through racial, ethnic, or gendered difference; sexual orientation; linguistic/cultural use; or formal experimentation. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on strategies of interpretation, including such topics as cultural expectation, "bad" English, realism and the avant garde, and tradition and modernity. We will look at a varied list of works, including Jiro Adachi's THE ISLAND OF BICYCLE DANCERS, Christopher Abani's GRACELAND, Susan Sontag's NOTES ON "CAMP," and Guillermo Gómez-Peña's NEW WORLD BORDER, among others.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Toni Morrison, THE BLUEST EYE
Christopher Abani, GRACELAND
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, NEW WORLD BORDER
Ruth Ozeki, MY YEAR OF MEATS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three essays, increasing in length from 3-4 to 5-6 pages, a take-home final, and an in-class presentation.
|Instructor(s): Karamcheti,Indira Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: CAMS 3; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|