Feb 20, 2019  
2015-2016 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
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ENGL 535 - American Ethnic Literature

(3 cr) American Ethnic Literature will provide students with graduate-level exploration and examination of the range of “ethnic” literatures throughout the United States. Students will explore ethnic literatures commonly associated with racial identity—African American, Native American, and Hispanic American—but will also consider the nonracial dimensions of ethnicity. The course will begin with a consideration of the oral backgrounds of ethnic literature and will move on to a consideration of emerging written literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on autobiographical writings. Finally, the course will provide a longer and more concentrated study of the ways twentieth-century ethnic writers bring their experience of cultural difference to fully developed fiction, poetry, and autobiography. Course assignments will include weekly reading analyses, online discussion, and research with a variety of sources, examinations, and an out-of-class research/analysis paper.



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