English R1A

Reading and Composition: Comparing Asian American and African American Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2005 Janice Tanemura
MWF 1-2 103 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Baldwin, J.: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Okada, J.: No-No Boy

Morrison, T.: Beloved

Lee, C.: A Gesture Life

Danticat, E.: The Farming of Bones

Yamanaka, L.: Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers"


"This course will examine Asian American and African American literature and ask what might be gained in a comparative approach to ethnic literature. While texts produced by a specific ethnic group are usually read apart from both the dominant white European-American canon as well as from other minority literature, a comparative analysis allows us an integrative approach that not only fills in the gaps left by the exclusion of ethnic literature from the literary canon but also will, I hope, create new ways of interpreting texts.

We will begin with a series of short two-page essays and work up to two five-page essays. The course aims at continuing to develop the students' practical fluency with sentence, paragraph and thesis-development skills but with increasingly complex applications. "

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