GEN 220 01 Survey of Multicultural Literature
Evelyn Taylor, Instructor Office: Presidents Hall
Three Semester Hours Phone: 244-8159
Monday and Wednesday 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Home Phone: 894-2197
2009 Fall Semester (call before 10 p.m.)
1. Course Description
A thematic survey of contemporary literature from authors of different ethnicities. Attention is given both to literary forms and to social, philosophical, and religious meaning in the texts.
2. Course Rationale
An understanding of and appreciation for different cultures is important for those in ministry. One way to expand our knowledge of various cultures is to study the literature from those cultures. By doing so, we not only understand the elements of fiction, poetry, and drama, but we also gain insight into the human condition as reflected by the individual author. In addition, we often see that the conflicts and struggles communicated to us by that author transcend cultures and echo our own struggles and those of others around us.
3. Course Objectives
The student who satisfactorily completes this course should be able to:
a. Analyze the short stories, poetry, and drama according to the characteristics of each.
b. Gain insight into particular aspects of culture, and compare differences and similarities
c. Respond to a variety of written assignments based on an analysis of the literature, the
culture, and his or her experiences.
4. Course Texts
One World of Literature, Shirley Geok-Lin Lim and Norman A. Spencer, Houghton Mifflin,
5. Course Requirements
a. If you miss more than four class sessions, you will be dropped from the class and receive
the grade FA (failure due to absences). Arriving late or leaving early will be counted
toward your absences.
b. Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date indicated on the course
schedule. I will lower the grade on late assignments by one letter for each day past the
due date. You must complete all assignments to pass the class.
c. As a Christian, you are expected to be honest in all you do, and your work in this class is
no exception. Consequences for plagiarism or dishonesty are clearly presented in the
CCU student handbook. Please review.
d. As a courtesy to me and the other students, please turn off cell phones before coming into
class. While in class, you must keep your phone in your purse or backpack. If it is in
your hands or on your desk, I will place it on my desk until the end of class.
a. Literature is best understood and enjoyed when students have opportunity to discuss it,
question the professor and other students, and write about various aspects of it. Most
class sessions will begin with a quiz, journal response, or group activity. Those
experiences cannot be made up unless you missed class because of illness or travel for
the school. Additionally, class sessions will require your involvement in focused
discussions and other activities. Your consistent preparation will be essential for success
in completing individual quizzes, group assignments, and focused discussions, and those
elements of the course contribute significantly toward your final grade.
b. You will complete four written assignments, from three to five pages in length that call
for you to critically evaluate particular elements of the literature. More information about
each assignment will be given in class. Papers should be well organized with a clear
thesis statement in the introduction. Please use Times New Roman, 12-point type and
proofread carefully as lack of attention to the basics of good writing will cost you points.
c. Mid-semester, each of you will be assigned to a group. Each group will choose an author
that we have read in class. Only one author can be chosen from each continent.
Literature from the text and material from outside sources will be used to prepare a class
presentation and detailed outline about that author’s life. More information will be given
Preparation and Participation 40%
Four Topical Assignments 40%
Research Assignment 20%
7. Course Schedule
Date Topic Assignment
August 24 Introduction to Fiction Please bring a copy of this course plan to class for the first
and Poetry quiz grade.
August 26 Fiction and Poetry
(cont’d) One World of Literature, pp. 1113-1115
Writing About Literature
August 31 ―My Grandmother Smoked Cigars‖ (1088), ―The River-Literature from North
Merchant’s Wife: A Letter‖ (960), ―Axe Handles‖ (995). America
September 2 ―The Summer My Grandmother Was Supposed to Die‖
(916), ―Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in
Pine Island, Minnesota‖ (988), ―Berry Picking‖ (913).
September 7 Labor Day
September 9 ―The Life You Save May Be Your Own‖ (975), ―Lady
September 14 ―The Rockpile‖ (967), ―The Negro Speaks of Rivers‖
(964), ―Why I Am Not a Painter‖ (986)
September 16 Literature from Latin
―Girl‖ (763) ―The Pyrotechnicist‖ (895) America and the
September 21 ―Death of the Tiger‖ (838), ―The United Fruit Co.‖ (792),
―Out of Alien Days‖ (833)
September 23 Fall Picnic
September 28 ―Microbus to San Salvador‖ (825), ―A Man Passes with a
Loaf of Bread on His Shoulder . . .‖ (857)
September 30 ―Can You?‖ (820) ―Ballad of the Two Grandfathers‖ (822)
October 5 ―To Posterity‖ (551), ―The Balek Scales‖ (554) Literature from Europe
October 7 ―The Guest‖ (530), ―The Unknown Citizen‖ (582)
Paper one due
October 12 ―Come Back to Grenada‖ (585), ―Easter 1916‖ (600)
October 14 ―The Other Wife‖ (524), ―Lost Paradise‖ (497), ―Chorus of
the Rescued‖ (550)
October 19 ―My Faithful Mother Tongue‖ (650), ―Left the Land . . .‖
(652), ―The First Long-Range Artillery Shell in Leningrad‖
(653), ―The Stalin Epigram‖ (657), ―Leningrad‖ (659)
October 21 ―Gateman’s Gift‖ (239), ―The Interview‖ (248) Literature from Asia
Paper 2 due
October 26 ―When I Was in Xia Village‖ (211), ―The Pan, the Pot, the
Fire I Have Before Me‖ (314)
October 28 ―A Small Incident‖ (209), ―Spring Storm‖ (337),
November 2 ―The Key‖ (364), ―Dark Night on a Southbound Train‖
(237), ―Modern Secrets‖ (359), ―My Country and My
November 4 ―The Cooboo‖ (381), ―Mr. Parker’s Valentine‖ (405) Literature from
Australia and Oceania
November 9 ―Dr. Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the Ending of
the World‖ (400), ―His First Ball‖ (451), ―Bora Ring‖ (394)
Paper 3 due
November 11 ―The Skeleton of the Great Moa in the Canterbury
Museum, Christchurch‖ (442), ―Migrants‖ (395), ―Off the
Map‖ (413), ―South Country‖ (415)
November 16 ―Naema—Whereabouts Unknown‖ (15), ―The Return‖ (91) Literature from Africa
and the Middle East
November 18 ―The Hajji‖ (161), ―Migrant’s Lament—a Song‖ (173), ―A
Person Is a Person Because of Other People‖ (176)
November 23- Thanksgiving Recess
November 30 ―Another Evening at the Club‖ (53), ―A Soldier’s
Embrace‖ (149), ―To Whom It May Concern‖ (172)
Work on Presentation
December 2 Paper 4 due
Work on Presentation
December 7 ―Civil Peace‖ (128), ―The Land of Sad Oranges‖ (137),
―Jerusalem‖ (75), ‖Sort of an Apocalypse‖ (76), ―Identity
In the event of extenuating circumstances during the course of the semester, this syllabus, including the
proposed schedule may be changed.