Coursepacket

 
WEEKS
1, 2, 3





WEEK 1

Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Weeks 1-3 Lectures on Diaz: my notes, for you to follow along

Tuesday Aug 30: 
Class Introductions
  • Overview of Syllabus: texts, assignments, policies, grading system
  • Fill out index cards; read and sign contract
  • INTERACTIVE MAP: shows history of migration for every single country
  • FOR THURSDAY: Read: Junot Diaz’s Brief and Wondrous Life, opening epigraph-50
  • Prepare to answer (in class) Study Questions (WEEK 1). I will ask each person a question.    
Thursday:
WEEK 2
Tuesday Sept 6:
Thursday:
  • With Teaching Assistant: in class mini workshop: come to class with a typed draft of what you want to write about (on DIAZ). Type up: a) What is it that you want to write about? If you have a general interest in something, and don't know how exactly to make it a 'thesis' - don't be terrified. Just write it down (TYPE IT!). We will make it brilliant. b) Why is it a significant point that should be explored? (This forces you to find something that is not obvious)
  • Here's an EDITING SHEET you can use to help you see if you're on the right path for a paper.
  • QUOTES: How to adequately introduce and contextualise quotes: Perdue Owl site
WEEK 3
Tuesday Sept. 13:
Thursday:
  • Continue Diaz, pp. 203-270
  • DISCUSS: Formulating an Intro, Argument, and Supporting Paragraphs for Paper 1* How to formulate arguments, organising analytical papers. Type up at least ONE idea for a paper (look over the first page of my instructions). In class, we'll work out how to structure your paper together. Type out: a) What is it that you want to write about? If you have a general interest in something, and don't know how exactly to make it a 'thesis' - don't be terrified. Just write it down (TYPE IT!). We will make it brilliant. b) Why is it a significant point that should be explored? (This forces you to find something that is not obvious)
  • EDITING SHEET to help you structure your paper
  • QUOTES: How to adequately introduce and contextualise quotes: Perdue Owl site


WEEK 4

TUESDAY Sept 20th: Finish discussion on Diaz, 270-335 (end)                                                                 

EXTRAS:




WEEKS 
4, 5, 6

WEEK 4

THURSDAY Sept 22nd:

  • BEGIN: Hanif Kureshi’s The Buddha Of Suburbia (opening to p. 61 – Ch. 1-4). The Buddha of Suburbia, Kureishi's first novel, confronted racial politics head on at a time when immigrants were treated as intruders in Britain
  • QUESTIONS FOR CLASS - on Kureshi
  • WORKSHOP Near-final draft of 2 page papers (3 pages max is fine). Includes Works Cited in MLA format (see PAPER 1 instructions for what it should look like). Come to class with 2 printed copies - no excuses.


WEEK 5

TUESDAY Sept. 27:

  • *DUE: 2-page analysis/argument paper* (Paper due at 11:10AM in class. No late or unprinted papers accepted)    
  • Continue Kureshi, pp. 62-143 (Ch. 5-9)    
  • Questions/notes on Kureshi
  • Begin reading Judith Brown’s Global South Asians "Introduction" and Ch 1 "Traditions of Stability and Movement" (<--download here): pp. 1-28 (“Intro”). Look at maps (x-xv).
  • Member of Parliament Enoch Powell's April 20, 1968 address to the General Meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre (commonly called "Rivers of Blood", an allusion to a line from Virgil's Aeneid.) was a speech criticising Commonwealth immigration, and anti-discrimination legislation that had been proposed in the United Kingdom.

THURSDAY Sept 29th:

WEEK 6
TUESDAY: NO CLASS (ROSH HASHANNAH)

TUESDAY Oct 4: 

 

WEEKS
 7, 8






Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah

WEEK 7 (Downloads Introductory notes to Adichie here)
TUESDAY Oct 11:

THURSDAY: 


WEEK 8
TUESDAY Oct 18:

  • Continue Adiche, pp. 200 – 339 (Ch. 19 – 37)
  • Interview on NPR: "Learning to be Black in the US"
  • Check out the online magazine Africa is a Country and WHAT'S UP AFRICA? news from Radio Netherlands. Click through posts, read, view some videos and see what you find. These site will help us begin a different sort of conversation with the notions we have of "Africa" and "Africans" - and provide a different perspective. What specific stories are actually compelling, interesting, challenging? Do they reinforce certain portions of our "image repertoire" or do they challenge and change our pre-conceived notions?


THURSDAY: 
   




WEEKS
9, 10








WEEK 9

 
TUESDAY Oct. 25:  *MIDTERM EXAM DUE IN CLASS* 

THURSDAY: Tarquin Hall, Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End
Notes on Taquin Hall (download here)

WEEK 10
 
TUESDAY Nov. 1: Continue Tarquin Hall
THURSDAY: 

WEEK 11
TUESDAY Nov 8:
THURSDAY Nov 10:
  • In class peer-review session: Bring 2 typed copies of Argument and Annotated Bibliography    
  • Discuss proposals, arguments, research strategies, organisation    


 
WRITING AND REVISING FOR PROPOSAL+ANNOTATED BIB; FINAL PAPER
WEEK 12

Tue 15th: CONFERENCES. BRING: a typed paragraph of Intro + Argument + Bibliography. 
                 No typed para + bib = no meeting.

Thu 17th: CONFERENCES. BRING: a typed paragraph of Intro + Argument + Bibliography. 

                 No typed para + bib = no meeting.

WEEK 13
TUESDAY NOV 22:
  • * DUE: PROPOSAL/ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY *  In class, in person (at 11:10AM in class. No late/unprinted papers accepted)     
THURSDAY 24th: THANKSGIVING BREAK

WEEK 14

Tues 29thHand back Proposals.  
                  In Class Peer-review session: *Bring 2 typed copies of revised argument (1-2 pages)*


Thu 1st: Mandatory Meetings with improved Intro + 2 paragraphs + Works Cited
               (no typed, improved draft, no meeting)

               Body of paper should be 2 pages minimum - no more than 2 ½ pages.

WEEK 15

Tue 6th: Mandatory Meetings with improved Intro + 2 paragraphs + Works Cited
               (no typed, improved draft, no meeting)

Thu 8th: Mandatory Meetings with improved Intro + 2 paragraphs + Works Cited
               (no typed, improved draft, no meeting)


Friday, December 9th: * FINAL PAPER DUE, between 10am-1pm (in my office) *


  






EXTRA ARTICLE: 


    • The articles below introduce us to the concepts of "race,"its dumb (but highly profitable) origins, and why it dumbly (and profitably) continues. Each is relatively short, but wonderful. 

    Binyavanga Wainaina’s One Day I Will Write About This Place

    WEEK 9: 
    THURSDAY: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 9 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
    • Wainanina, opening - p. 54 (see notes, questions for discussion)
    • Writer Chimamanda Adiche (Half a Yellow Sun): "The Danger of a Single Story" (link here)
    • Check out the online journal Africa is a Country and WHAT'S UP AFRICA? news from Radio Netherlands. Click through posts, read, view some videos and see what you find. Just for fun.
    • These site will help us begin a different sort of conversation with the notions we have of "Africa" and "Africans" - and provide a different perspective. What specific stories are actually compelling, interesting, challenging? Do they reinforce certain portions of our "image repertoire" or do they challenge and change our pre-conceived notions?
    • How does it help us read Kenneth, his story?

      WEEK 10
      DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 10, 11 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
      TUESDAY: Wainaina contd.
      • Listen to/watch "Mapping Africa". How is map-making, after 1625, involved with our contemporary views?
      THURSDAY: 

      WEEK 11: (notes are on week above)

      Tuesday:
       





       
      Persepolis 1 and 2 by Marjanne Satrapi

      WEEK 4:                                                                                                                                                                                                            WEEK 4: INTRO to Satrapi, Comics (Tuesday)/Ochs and Capps article (Thursday) (my notes)

      TUESDAY: Do a quick review of the history of Iran (below) and the reviews (here) to familiarise yourself with the writer/comic art:
      THURSDAY: 
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      WEEK 5:

      TUESDAY: 

    • THURSDAY:
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      WEEK 6:

      TUESDAY:  FILM
      A clip in Persian(!) and in French (English subtitles)

       You Have Given Me a Country by Neela Vaswani

      WEEK 6: 
      DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 6/WEEK 7 - notes on Vaswani
      THURSDAY: 
      WEEK 7: (see notes from Week 6/7 above)
      TUESDAY: Continue Vaswani (no article)
      • South Asian immigrants to US, and how they were 'racially' categorised (scroll down to the interview)
      • Note down details of legal matters specified by Vaswani. How does this interview/her details help shape our ideas about America as a country that shapes identity based on 'race', and via the use of laws?

       
        
        

      Ten Little Indians, by Sherman Alexie


      WEEK 1
      TUESDAY:
      • Class Introductions: syllabus, policies, expectations, assignments (no reading, no notes)
      • Fill out Index Card/sign & initial Class Contract)
      THURSDAY:

      WEEK 2
      DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 2, 3 - Click here (notes on "I Hated Tonto", Alexie's stories, and Coulombe)

      TUESDAY: (Change of plans)
      • Alexie’s Ten Little Indians pp. 53-123.
      • Instructions for Paper 1 (download here)
      THURSDAY: 

      WEEK 3: 
      DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 2, 3 (notes on Alexie's stories, Douglas Ford article)

      TUESDAY: 
      • Continue Ten Little Indians (pp. 169-194)
      • DISCUSSION, PAPER 1: Formulating an Intro, Argument, and Supporting Paragraphs for paper. How to formulate arguments, organising analytical papers. 
      • Type up at least ONE idea for a paper (look over the first page of my instructions). In class, we'll work out how to structure your paper together. Type out: a) What is it that you want to write about? If you have a general interest in something, and don't know how exactly to make it a 'thesis' - don't be terrified. Just write it down (TYPE IT!). We will make it brilliant. b) Why is it a significant point that should be explored? (This forces you to find something that is not obvious)
      • Here's an EDITING SHEET you can use to help you see if you're on the right path for a paper.
      THURSDAY: 
      • Coulomb, Joseph.  "The Approximate Size of His Favorite Humor.American Indian Quarterly, Winter2002, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p94, 22p. (this will link you to JStore in Penfield, and to the article. You will have to sign in using your Lakernet ID, and download it. You may have to get it on Interlibrary Loan). 
      • My Questions on Coulombe (download here)
      • END Alexie (195-end)

      EXTRA ARTICLES: 

      Contemporary Literature
      Vol. 42, No. 2, Special Issue: American Poetry of the 1990s (Summer, 2001), pp. 413-428
      Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
      http://www.jstor.org/stable/1209128

      WEBSITES TO LOOK UP FOR BACKGROUND: 
      Reservation Poverty

      Alexie Info

      Spokane History

      IMAGES: Wellpinit, Washington: IMAGES

      "Smoke Signals" Film trailer (based on Alexie's Books)

        Wave, by Sonali Deriyanagala

      WEEK 4

      TUESDAY:

      THURSDAY:

      • WORKSHOP Near-final draft of 2 page papers (3 pages max is fine). Includes Works Cited in MLA format (see PAPER 1 instructions for what it should look like). Come to class with 2 printed copies - no excuses.
      EXTRA REVIEWS: 


      WEEK 5

      TUESDAY:

      • *DUE: 2-page analysis/argument paper* (At 11:10AM). 
      • Continue Wave, pp. 118-180. 

      THURSDAY

      • Continue Wave, pp. 181-213 (end)    
      • Bourk, Michael. 
'A MAKARA-LIKE WAVE CAME CRASHING': SRI LANKAN NARRATIVES OF THE BOXING DAY TSUNAMI.”  Media International Australia. Nov 2011, Issue 141, p 49-57. 9p. Database: Communication & Mass Media Complete. 
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