Course Schedule

Any page ranges are included in parentheses. You are still responsible for any readings not discussed in class, and any such readings may still feature on the final exam.

In addition to the links to the handouts that are listed below for any of the days when a handout was provided in class, a complete list of links to all such handouts is also provided at the bottom of this page. However, any readings that are provided via a handout will be found instead by logging into the class Elearning site.

The schedule for class presentations is here.

Week 1

Introduction: The  Challenges and Opportunities of Pluralism

1/6 Handouts:

1/8 Available on Elearning as “The Majority”:

  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (excerpts)
  • William Riker, “Social Choice and Constitutional Theory” (excerpt: “The Preservation of Liberal Democracy”)
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Steven G. Gey, Religion and State (excerpts)
  • James Madison, “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments”
  • John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (excerpts)

Handouts:

Week 2

Home

1/13 Acevedo, Poet X (1-92)

Available on Elearning as “Home”:

  • Michael Anthony, “Sandra Street”
  • Vanessa Howard, “Escape the Ghettos of New York”
  • Luis Cabalquinto, “Hometown”
1/15 Acevedo, Poet X (93-183)

Available on Elearning as “Home”:

  • Lorna Dee Cervantes, “Freeway 280”
  • Agha Shahid Ali, “Postcard from Kashmir”

Week 3

Family

1/20 No Class: MLK Day
1/22 Acevedo, Poet X (184-End)

Available on Elearning as “Family”:

  • Naomi Long Madgett, “Offspring”

Due: Short Essay 1

Week 4

Heritage

1/27 Long Soldier, WHEREAS (1-29)

Handouts:

  • “Setting,” available in Elearning.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind (Part I) (Available in Elearning as “Shelley”
    • How is the opening invocation of Shelley’s poem similar or different from the opening of Long Soldier’s WHEREAS? Who or what could she be implicitly invoking?
1/29 Long Soldier, WHEREAS (30-53)

Available in Elearning as “Heritage”:

  • William Saroyan, “Najari Levon’s Old Country Advice to the Young Americans on How to Live with a Snake”
  • Muriel Rukeyser, “To be a Jew in the Twentieth Century”
  • Maya Angelou, “Africa”

Week 5

Language

2/3 Long Soldier, WHEREAS (54-85)

Skim these two posts summarizing the beginning of our semester journey:

Handouts:

2/5 Long Soldier, WHEREAS (86-End)
Due: Short Essay 2Optional BONUS reading!:

  • Li-Young Lee, “Persimmons” (Elearning)

Week 6

Aliens

2/10 Reed, Indecency (1-15)

Handouts:

  • Style (Elearning)
2/12 Reed, Indecency (16-30)

Available in Elearning as “Aliens”:

  • Diane Burns, “Sure You Can Ask Me a Question”
  • Perry Brass, “I Think the New Teacher’s a Queer”

Sara Lupita Olivares, “Of Small Spaces,” from Migratory Sound (Elearning)

  • Focus on the format for this one. How is form entangled with meaning?

Handouts:

  • final paper
  • James Schuyler, “Hymn to Life” (Elearning) (Relevant to Reed, “About a White City, in Indecency)

Week 7

Fences

2/17 Reed, Indecency (31-51)

Skim: Heritage and Language in WHEREAS

Watched in Class (two clips of the same scene from August Wilson’s Fences:

2/19 Reed, Indecency (52-End)
Due: Short Essay 3Handouts (related to readings and discussion):

Handouts (tips for writing papers):

Uploaded to Elearning:

  • A copy of a published article I wrote on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. 
    • Might give you a better sense of what a literary essay can look like, including integration and citation of sources.
    • Feel free to ask me about my writing choices!

Bonus material for your consideration:

Week 8

Crossing

2/24 Vang, Afterland (1-25)

Handouts:

  • Symbolism (Elearning)
2/26 Vang, Afterland (26-41)

Week 9

Spring Break

3/2 No Class: Spring Break
3/4 No Class: Spring Break

Week 10

Americans

3/9 Vang, Afterland (42-61)
3/11 Vang, Afterland (62-End)

Week 11

Beliefs

3/16 Howe, Magdalene (15-35)

Due: Short Essay 4

Handouts:

  • Speaker (Elearning)
3/18 Howe, Magdalene (36-57)

Week 12

Rebirth

3/23 Howe, Magdalene (58-77)
3/25 Howe, Magdalene (78-End)
Due: Short Essay 5 (CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COURSE CHANGES)

Week 13

The World

3/30 Sharif, Look (1-27)

Handouts:

  • Theme (Elearning)
4/1 Sharif, Look (27-51)

Week 14

Self-Reflection

4/6 Sharif, Look (52-76)
4/8 Sharif, Look (77-End)
Due: Short Essay 6 (CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COURSE CHANGES)

Week 15

Review

4/13 Rough Draft Workshop: We will be reading and providing feedback in class on your rough drafts of your final papers.
4/15 Final Exam Review: No assigned readings. We will be preparing for the final exam together.
Due: Reading Journals

Finals

Due at 11:59 pm on Friday: Final Paper and Take-Home Final Exam

Notes

The main page for this class is here: Engl 2220–Spring 2020

This calendar will be updated with new readings, assignments, and other information throughout the semester. Students will need to revisit this page often.

Readings that will be handed out in class can be found in our class’s Elearning site.

Handouts

Important Assignments:

Important Concepts:

Tips for Writing Papers:

Miscellaneous:

Literary Interpretation Handouts On Elearning:

  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Style
  • Symbolism
  • Speaker
  • Theme