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Ten Little Indians,
by Sherman Alexie
WEEK 1, 2, 3: MY LECTURE NOTES/DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
and ARTICLES/INTERVIEWS FOR YOU TO READ/LISTEN TO (DOWNLOAD BELOW)
DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 1 - Alexie's Corliss, and "The Search Engine" (click here to download my notes)
- TUESDAY: class introductions, syllabus, policies, expectations, assignments (no reading, no notes)
- THURSDAY: background to author, novel (come to class prepared to answer Qs. from notes above)
TO (see coursepacket for a direct link): To The Best of Our Knowledge.
- Click on the orange icon at the left hand
corner to listen (3:38 Minutes)
- 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).
- DISCUSSION: PAPER 1: ANALYSIS/ARGUMENT PAPER. Formulating 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)
- Alexie reading
ANOTHER POSSIBLE ARTICLE: "Sherman Alexie's Autoethnography" by John Newton
Vol. 42, No. 2, Special Issue: American Poetry of the 1990s (Summer, 2001), pp. 413-428
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
WEBSITES TO LOOK UP FOR BACKGROUND:
IMAGES: Wellpinit, Washington: IMAGES
"Smoke Signals" Film trailer (based on Alexie's Books)
WEEKS 4, 5, 6
Persepolis 1 and 2
- . WORTH, J.. (2007). "Unveiling: Persepolis as Embodied Performance." Theatre Research International, 32(2), 143-160.
BEGIN NEELA VASWANI: You Have Given Me a Country (Scroll down for material on Vaswani)
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You Have Given Me a Country by Neela Vaswani
WEEK 6: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 6/WEEK 7 - notes on Vaswani
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?
THURSDAY: MIDTERM EXAM DUE
WEEK 9: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 9
WEEK 8: SPRING BREAK
TUESDAY: Vaswani contd.
- Bramen, Carrie Tirado. "The Urban Picturesque and the Spectacle of Americanization." American Quarterly , Vol. 52, No. 3 (Sep., 2000), pp. 444-477. Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30041857
THURSDAY: Begin Binyavanga Wainania's One Day I Will Write About This Place
- 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.
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Salaam Brick Lane: A
Year in the New East End, by Tarquin Hall
WEEK 12, 13, 14: READING/ARTICLES/WEBSITES
WEEK 12 THURSDAY: INTRO TO TARQUIN HALL/BRICK LANE
WEEK 12 THURSDAY: TARQUIN HALL/BRICK LANE contd.
WEEK 13: THURSDAY - TARQUIN HALL/BRICK LANE contd.
Binyavanga Wainaina’s One Day I Will Write About This PlaceWEEK 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?
WEEK 11: (notes are on week above)
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