Coursepacket


 
WEEKS
1, 2, 3





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)

  • WEEK 1
    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)
      • LISTEN 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)
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      WEEK 2:
      DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 2, 3 - Click here (notes on "I Hated Tonto", Alexie's stories, and Coulombe)

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

      TUESDAY: 
      • 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
      THURSDAY: 
      EXTRAS:

      ANOTHER POSSIBLE ARTICLE: "Sherman Alexie's Autoethnography" by John Newton
      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


      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)
      THURSDAY:
      BEGIN NEELA VASWANI: You Have Given Me a Country (Scroll down for material on Vaswani)



      EXTRAS
       

      WEEKS
      7, 8, 9






      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?


      THURSDAY: MIDTERM EXAM DUE


                                                           WEEK 8: SPRING BREAK

      WEEK 9: DISCUSSION/LECTURE/QUESTIONS WEEK 9

      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



      WEEKS
      11, 12, 13







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

      WEEK 11 
      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 12 
      TUESDAY: Continue Tarquin Hall
      THURSDAY: INTRO TO TARQUIN HALL/BRICK LANE

      WEEK 12 THURSDAY: TARQUIN HALL/BRICK LANE contd. WEEK 13: THURSDAY - TARQUIN HALL/BRICK LANE contd. 







      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:
           





           


           
           
            
            
            
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