Mixed in America: Race, Religion, and Memoir|
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 this country? 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: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(EDST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
James McBride, THE COLOR OF WATER
Jean Giovanetti, ONE ASIAN EYE
Barack Obama, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE
Rebecca Walker, BLACK, WHITE, JEWISH
Gregory H. Williams, LIFE ON THE COLOR LINE
Trevor Noah, BORN A CRIME
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly one-page response papers, three 5-7 page papers, and one 7-minute class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
To apply for admission, email email@example.com 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.
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): McAlister,Elizabeth Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: TBA|
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
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