This course focuses on a series of controversial works of minority literature: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, Richard Rodriguez’s Hunger of Memory, and Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine. These are works that have been reviled and beloved, that have met with critical censure and great praise, works that have sparked enduring questions and offered important answers to the meaning of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; myths of model minority; as well as national and transnational identity. We will not only pay close formal attention to these texts but also read them in the context of the varied histories and critical debates that attend them. Our challenge will be to make sense of the social through the literary—by grappling with the complexity of ethnic representation to develop a critical perspective on enduring debates about race and ethnicity in the United States.
Once this course is full/closed, you can sign up to the wait list at:
Students on the wait-list must attend the first day of lecture/section to enroll in the course. For more information see the English Department Crash Policy.