Coursepacket

 
WEEKS
1, 2, 3





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)
EXTRAS:

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)



WEEKS 
4, 5, 6

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. 
PDF Full Text
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WEEKS
6, 7, 8





Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah

WEEK 6 (Downloads Introductory notes to Adichie here)
TUESDAY:

THURSDAY: 


WEEK 7
TUESDAY:

  • Continue Adiche, pp. 161-278 
  • 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: 
   

  • *MIDTERM EXAM DUE IN CLASS* (11:10AM. No late/unprinted exams accepted)    


WEEK 8  SPRING BREAK


WEEK 9

TUESDAY:


THURSDAY: 

  • END Adiche, pp. 379 – 477 (end)
  • African Identity in a Globalised World - Interview with writer Tope Folarin
  • Adiche in Swedenbeing interviewed: Here, the Swedish interviewer declares that Thandi Newton, who played the female lead in the film version of Half of a Yellow Sun, is “really white being the twin-sister of Olanna,” prompting Chimamanda to deliver the phenomenal mini-lecture “The Different Ranges of Colour in which Black People Come” (12:45)                                               



WEEKS
10, 11, 12







WEEK 10

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


WEEK 11
 
TUESDAY: Continue Tarquin Hall

THURSDAY: 
  • DISCUSS: PROPOSAL and ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

WEEK 12
TUESDAY
THURSDAY
  • In class peer-review session: Bring 2 typed copies of argument/bibliography    
WEEK 13
TUESDAY
  • * DUE: PROPOSAL/ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY *





ROUGH NOTES


    • 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: 

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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?

       
        
        
        
        
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