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Reading Difference
AMST 119
Fall 2017
Section: 01  

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AMST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on SEP-19-2017
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