ENGL 355 B: American Literature: Contemporary America

American Immigrant Narratives

Summer Term: 
B-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:40am - 11:50am
Location: 
THO 231
SLN: 
11334
Instructor: 
Kirin K Wachter-Grene

Syllabus Description:

Welcome to English 355B "Contemporary American Literature"

"American Immigrant Narratives"

ENGL 355B Syllabus_Summer 15-1.docx

ENGL 355B Course Calendar-1.docx

In this class we will read, deeply think about, and discuss postwar American immigrant narratives. We will consider, among other issues and ideas, representations of identity formation, familial relationships, intergenerational tensions, ancestral expectations, the concept of "home" and nation, comparative critiques of race, gender, and class, and the roles of history and futurity. Students can expect to write one 5-7 page revisable essay. Students can also expect to write semi-formal reading responses and to participate in a group project. **Please note that students are expected to keep up with the weekly reading and are expected to come to class prepared to discuss and engage actively with the texts**

Required Novels:

Villarreal, Jose Antonio. Pocho. 978-0385061186
Okada, John. No-No Boy. 978-0295994048
Díaz, Junot. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 978-1594483295
Adiche, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. 978-0307455925

(Please note: All books are available at the UW bookstore. Please purchase the required edition)

Additional Details:

1. English 355B "American Immigrant Narratives"

2. Kirin Wachter-Grene

3. In this class we will read, deeply think about, and discuss postwar American immigrant narratives. We will consider, among other issues and ideas, representations of identity formation, familial relationships, intergenerational tensions, ancestral expectations, the concept of "home" and nation, comparative critiques of race, gender, and class, and the roles of history and futurity. Students can expect to write one 5-7 page revisable essay. Students can also expect to write semi-formal reading responses and to participate in a group project. **Please note that students are expected to keep up with the weekly reading and are expected to come to class prepared to discuss and engage actively with the texts**

4. Required Novels:

Villarreal, Jose Antonio. Pocho. 978-0385061186
Okada, John. No-No Boy. 978-0295994048
Díaz, Junot. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 978-1594483295
Adiche, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. 978-0307455925

(Please note: All books are available at the UW bookstore. Please purchase the required edition)

Catalog Description: 
Examines recent American literature and its historical and cultural contexts.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 11:28am