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Cross-Cultural Literature (ENLT 1157)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course surveys the cultural expressions, values and lifestyles of North America's many people, including minority and majority cultures. You will read and think critically about American literature written by a variety of culturally diverse authors, including Native Americans, African Americans, and other immigrant and cultural groups.

Topical Outline:
1. The social and historic context of the development of group identities in the United States
2. To build upon elements of literature such as plot, character, point of view, narrative, and more
3. African-American and Caribbean American Literatures
4. Hispanic-, Chicano/a-, Latino/a-American Literature
5. Asian-American and/or Asian-Canadian Literature
6. Native American and/or First Nations Literature

Learning Outcomes:
1. Read and think critically about North American literature
2. Understand yet problematize categories such as "Asian-American Literature," "Native-American Literature, and similar
3. Approach cross-cultural literature from a theory of intersectionality and diaspora
4. Recognize and discuss literary elements such as plot, character, setting, point of view, and narrative technique

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity