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Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures

Ethnic studies scholarship, multi-disciplinary in orientation, examines racial and cultural diversity and its impact in American literature, society, and media (including visual culture). We work from the assumption that understanding American life is enhanced by investigations into race and ethnicity, whether in a local or global context. Our courses are designed so that students can explore several of the ethnic groups in the United States, and our offerings address multiple concerns of African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Native American, Chicano/a and Latino/a peoples. Students might wish to examine one group particularly or to gain a better understanding of a range of different ethnic groups and their place in American culture.

Possible courses for the Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures Concentration:

ENGL 132   Intro to Jewish American Literature
ENGL 135  Alternative Voices
ENGL 139  Black American Literature
ENGL 226 Latino and Latina Border Theories
ENGL 235 African American Oral Folk Tradition
ENGL 404 Mapping Identity, Difference, and Place
ENGL 426 Chicano/Chicana Cultural Production
ENGL 427 Topics in Jewish American Literature
ENGL 428 Asian American Literatures
ENGL 431 Black American Writers
ENGL 461 Vernacular Roots of African American Literature
ENGL 462 Reading Black, Reading Feminist
ENGL 463 African American Autobiography
ENGL 466 African American Novel I
ENGL 467 African American Novel II
ENGL 468 African American Poetry
ENGL 469 Slavery and the Literary Imagination

Additional courses that might qualify for the Ethnic American Literatures and Cultures Concentration, depending on the content offered:

ENGL 268 American Drama
ENGL 301M Honors Seminar in English
ENGL 400 Authors, Texts, Contexts
ENGL 401 Studies in Genre
ENGL 297 Special Topics
ENGL 397 Special Topics
ENGL 497 Special Topics
ENGL 487W       Senior Seminar