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ENGL 123 - Introduction to American Ethnic Literature

5 Credits

An introductory course to acquaint the student with the basic issues in literary studies as well as key issues in ethnic literary traditions.


Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Day
Designed to Serve Students interested in literature and multicultural/ ethnic studies.
Active Date 20200330T21:15:15

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
Intro to Ethnic Literature may be structured thematically, historically, geographically; genre-based, including electronic transmission; or through various critical perspectives. The course should:

1. Explain the significance or uniqueness of ethnic literature.

2. Address at least two of the following sets of themes: racial/cultural oppression and resistance; notions of identity, community and family; assimilation, double consciousness, mestizo consciousness

3. Examine the ways in which minority groups (defined along racial, ethnic, sexual, class, as well as gendered terms) have been historically marginalized.

4. Display how the narrative of historically marginalized people can function as a counter-narrative to the stories, myths, and histories of the dominant, hegemonic class.

5. Explain the connection between historical movements and the development of cultural identities as well as the personal identities that emerge from such relationships. Conversely, the course will also examine how the development of cultural identities influence historical movements. 6. Unpack a minority point of view that connects personal experience with an individual’s subjectivity. Specifically, the course will focus on the outsider status of individuals and show how that can be both empowering and disempowering.

Student Learning Outcomes
Differentiate between main stream and ethnic lit.

Identify and analyze the elements of literature (setting, point of view, character, style, tone, etc.)

Recognize and analyze literary devices.

Explain connections between texts and social, political, historical, and biographical contexts.

Support a textual analysis with reasoned evidence.

Demonstrate and communicate literary analysis of Ethnic Literature through a variety of means (oral, written, electronic).

Engage in dialogue with peers to synthesize multiple interpretations

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