Mixed in America: Race, Religion, and Memoir|
Spring 2020 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 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)
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 request a POI, please send a brief message to email@example.com, telling me about your interest in the course and any background you may have in race studies, religious studies, or creative nonfiction writing.