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Multi-Racial Literature of the American West
ENGL 242
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 243

First presented at the Chicago World Columbian Exposition in 1893, Frederick Jackson Turner's now (in)famous "frontier thesis" posits the West as the defining space of the developing nation, the site and seat of American exceptionalism. For Turner, the West was a blank slate. But what of those for whom the so-called frontier was already homeland and those brought by force to this nation? Drawing on a variety of authors (such as Filipino American Carlos Bulosan; Chicano Alejandro Morales; Japanese American Miné Okubo; African American Anna Deveare Smith; and Leslie Marmon Silko of the Laguna Pueblo), this course examines the ways in which literature (as a cultural production) both critiques and helps to constitute dominant notions of "America" and the "West." Through close textual analysis, students will gain an understanding of the relationship between location, literature, and national identity.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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