Module Identifier ENM3320  
Module Title ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURAL MEMORY  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Available semesters 1 and 2  
Other staff Dr Martin Padget  
Course delivery Seminar   2 hours pers week  
Assessment Essay   1 x 5,000 word essay    

Content


This option analyses a cross-section of "ethnic" or "minority" literature by Native American, African American, Asian American, and Chicana/o writers. Our focus is on the role this literature has played in interrogating questions of ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality in post-World War II American culture. Issues and topics addressed include: cultural pluralism, the melting pot and American "identity", ethnic and cultural difference; immigration, displacement, and migratory identities; geographical and metaphorical borderlands; mixed blood and the divided self; ethnic nationalism and cultural suvival; and "whiteness" as a racial and ethnic category.


1.   Introduction: What is "Ethnic" American Literature?


   Michael Fischer, "Ethnicity and the Post-Modern Arts of Memeory" in "Writing Cutlture", ed
   James Clifford and George Marcus, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986
   Lisa Lowe, "Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American Differences", in her "Immigrant Acts: On Asian American
   Politics", Durham: Duke University Press, 1996
   Werner Sollors "Foreword: Theories of American Ethnicity", "Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader", ed. Werner Sollors,
   London: Macmillan, 1996


2. Native American Literature


   Leslie Marmon Silko, "Ceremony" (1977)


3. Chicana/o Literature


   Gloria Anzaldua, "Borderlands/La Frontera" (1987)
   Jimmy Santiago Baca, "Martin & Meditations on the South Valley" (1987)


4. Asian American Literature


   Maxine Hong Kingston, "The Woman Warrior" (1976)


5. African American Literature


   Toni Morrison, "Beloved" (1987)


Secondary Reading


Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown and Jerry W Ward, Jr. "Redefining American Literary History". New York: Modern Language Association, 1990
Singh, Amritjit, Joseph T Skerrett and Robert E Hogan. Eds. "Memory, Narrative and Identity: New Essays in Ethnic American Literatures". Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1994