Mixed in America: Race, Religion, and Memoir|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course examines the history of mixed-race and interfaith identities in America. Using the genre of the memoir as a focusing lens, we will look at the various ways that Americans of mixed heritage have found a place, crafted an identity, and made meaning out of being considered mixed. How has being multiracial or bireligious changed in the course of history in the United States? What has occasioned these changes, and what patterns can we observe? We will explore questions of racial construction, religious boundary-making, rites of passage, gender, sexuality and marriage, and literary and media representations of mixed-heritage people.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(EDST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Penn, ed., AS WE ARE NOW
Prasad, Chandra, MIXED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT FICTION ON THE MULTIRACIAL EXPERIENCE
Romano, Renee, RACE MIXING
Spickard and Burroughts, ed., WE ARE A PEOPLE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly one-page response papers, three 5-7 page papers, and one 7-minute class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Religion in Society" requirement for the Religion department major.
To apply for admission, complete the application form available in the Religion Department office at 171 Church Street, at the corner of Church and High Street. Preference will be given to students who apply during the Planning Period, and by November 16th at 12:00 noon. This course gives preference to majors in Religion, American Studies, and African American Studies, or other students who have done course work in race theory or religion.