GEN 225 01 Survey of Multicultural Literature

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GEN 225 01 Survey of Multicultural Literature

    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

    among cultures.

    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,

    Boston, 1993.

5. Course Requirements

    General Information

    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

    in class.

    6. Evaluation

     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

     Lazarus‖ (997).

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)

     Denouement‖ (783)

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),

     ―Genealogy‖ (336)

November 2 ―The Key‖ (364), ―Dark Night on a Southbound Train‖

     (237), ―Modern Secrets‖ (359), ―My Country and My

     People‖ (361)

    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 ―NaemaWhereabouts Unknown‖ (15), ―The Return‖ (91) Literature from Africa

     and the Middle East

November 18 ―The Hajji‖ (161), ―Migrant’s Lamenta 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

     Card‖ (134)

    December 9


    Exam Week


In the event of extenuating circumstances during the course of the semester, this syllabus, including the

    proposed schedule may be changed.

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