360: Coursepacket

 
WEEKS
1, 2, 3

Jan/Feb





WEEK 1

Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Tuesday, 23rd JanClass 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 25th:

Over Weekend: Read Diaz, 50-136; and Coursepacket articles. Criticism, political history, and articles are difficult – don’t expect it 

to be like reading fiction. Use my notes and questions as a guide 

   
WEEK 2

Tuesday Jan  30th
EXTRAS: 
Thursday Feb 1st:
  • Cont. Diaz, pp.  136-201
WEEK 3:
Tuesday 6th:
  • Week 2/3 Questions 
  • Class with TA -- Discuss Diaz, pp. 203-270        
  • DISCUSS IDEAS for Formulating an Intro, Argument, and Supporting Paragraphs for paper    
Thursday 8th:
  • Finish Diaz, 270-335 (end)     
  • BRING: Typed/printed 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)
  • In class, we'll work out how to structure your paper together.
  • 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 4 

Tuesday 13th: Finish discussion on Diaz, 270-335 (end); what are the ideas around which you might formulate an argument for a paper?     

  • IN-CLASS WORKSHOP - BRING: 3 copies (1 to hand in to me as proof of work done).
  • Your Introductory P should clearly introduce a specific short story (Alexie, title of story). 
    • It must have a clear argument (see assignment sheet online for examples)
    • Each sentence should transition smoothly to the next idea, building up your ideas. 
    • You should begin formulating a second paragraph.
    • Below, state clearly: (a) WHAT is it you want to communicate to readers (b) WHY is it significant for readers to learn about this? 
    • Make sure your work is in 12pt Times New Roman.
  • QUOTES: How to adequately introduce and contextualise quotes: Perdue Owl site  
  • Here's the "Editing Sheet" we will use during in-class workshop -- peer editors will focus on specifics of your draft and not waste time
  • Sign up for Mandatory Meetings with me, class Teaching Assistants                   
Thursday 15thMandatory Meetings with me, class Teaching Assistants



WEEKS 5, 6
Feb/March

WEEK 5 BEGIN Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia

Tue 20th 

  • 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

Thur 22nd 

  • *DUE: 2-page analysis/argument paper* at 2:20PM, in class (No late/unprinted papers exams accepted)
  • Download Questions/notes on Kureshi here.
  • Continue Kureshi, pp. 62-143 (Ch. 5-9)    

WEEK 6 
Download Questions/notes on Kureishi here. 

TUESDAY 27th Feb:

THURSDAY 1st March:


 

WEEKS 7, 8, 9

March/April





Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah

WEEK 7

TUESDAY 6th

  • Downloads Introductory notes to Adichie here.
  • BEGIN: Chimamanda Adiche’s Americanah opening – p. 63 (Ch. 1-4)    
  • Intro to author, book reviews:
  • NYTimes Review
  • Adiche on TED: "The Danger of a Single Story" (video)
  • Adiche on TED: "Why we should all be feminists" (video)

  • THURSDAY 8th: (Downloads Introductory notes to Adichie here)

    • Discuss Adichie, pp. 64 – 199 (Ch. 5 – 18)     
    • Continue Adichepp. 64 – 199 (Ch. 5 – 18)
    • Listen to/watch "Mapping Africa". How is map-making, after 1625, involved with our contemporary views?
    • Africa's language kingdoms: "How Africa Would Look Like if its Borders Were Defined By Ethnicity and Language."
    • 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?

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    WEEK 8:  March 12-16 Spring Recess    

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    WEEK 9: 
    TUESDAY 20th: Discuss Adichie, pp. 200 – 339 (Ch. 19 – 37)        

    • Interview on NPR: "Learning to be Black in the US"                          

    THURSDAY 22nd: *MIDTERM EXAM DUE IN CLASS* (Exam due at 2:20 in class. No late/unprinted papers exams accepted)



    WEEK 10


    TUESDAY 27th March:

    • Complete discussion of Adiche, pp. 340 – 477 (Ch. 38 – end)       
    • Interview on NPR: "Learning to be Black in the US
    EXTRAS: 




    WEEK 9, 10

    March/April
     
    WEEK 10

    Thu 29th March:    

    WEEK 11

    Tue 3rd April: Discuss Evaristo, pp. 76 - 136

    *POSTED Online: PROPOSAL/ANNOTATED BIB/ FINAL PAPER Instructions* 

    Thu 5th: Discuss Evaristo, pp. 137 - 223


    WEEK 12

    Tue 10th: Discuss Evaristo, pp. 224 – 284 (END)

    • In class peer-review session: *Bring 2 typed copies of argument/bibliography*

    Thu 12th: CONFERENCES. BRING: a typed, printed para of Intro + Argument + Bibliography. No typed, printed para + bib = no meeting.

    WEEKS 
    13, 14, 15


    WRITING AND REVISING FOR PROPOSAL+ANNOTATED BIB; FINAL PAPER
    WEEK 13

    Tue 17th April:  CONFERENCES. BRING: a typed, printed para Intro + Argument + Bibliography.
                     No typed, printed para + bib = no meeting

    Thu 19th: *DUE: PROPOSAL/ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY*
                     Due in class, in person, at 11:10AM. No late/unprinted papers accepted.

    WEEK 14
    Tue 24th: Hand back corrected Proposals  (Optional: speak/meet with me/TAs about paper)
    Thu 26th: In Class Peer-review session: *Bring 2 typed copies of revised argument (1-2 pages)*


    WEEK 15

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

    Thu 3rd: * FINAL PAPER DUE, in class 

    Or, schedule permitting: FINAL PAPER DUE on Monday of Finals Week (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. 

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

      • BEGIN: Tarquin Hall, Salaam Brick Lane (Opening– p. 50see pp. 265-268 for glossary)    
      • Questions on Hall (DOWNLOAD HERE)


      WEEK 10
       
      TUESDAY Nov. 1: Continue Tarquin Hall

      THURSDAY: 


      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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