Mixed in America: Race, Religion, and Memoir|
Spring 2014 not offered
AFAM 282, AMST 242|
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 bi-religious 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 some 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)
James McBride, THE COLOR OF WATER
Jean Giovanetti, ONE ASIAN EYE
Mary Gordon, SHADOW MAN
Barack Obama, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE
Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn, HALF AND HALF
Rebecca Walker, BLACK, WHITE, JEWISH
Gregory H. Williams, LIFE ON THE COLOR LINE
|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, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a paragraph on your interest in the course and include any course work you've done in race theory, religion, or identity formation. 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,religion, or identity formation.
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