科目名 American Literature and CultureⅠ
単位数 2.0
担当者 准教授 Michael Gorman
履修時期 前期
履修対象 博士前期課程1、2年
概要 This course is designed to acquaint students with the diversity of contemporary American literature and culture. Material will be discussed from various theoretical perspectives, particularly cultural studies. Over the course of the semester, we will read essays and short stories by a number of celebrated contemporary American writers and discuss them in class. Of particular interest will be the ways ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality, and social class shape notions of identity or understanding of the text. Students enrolled in this class will learn about how culture and identity are expressed and represented in art, film, literature, music. Through classroom discussion, formal presentations, and reading, students will improve their facility with communicative English.
科目の到達目標 To gain a better understanding of contemporary American literature and culture through the examination of various prose texts.
受講要件 Admission to the graduate program.
事前・事後学修の内容 Pre-class readings will be assigned regularly, and a minimum of 5 response papers (two-page double-spaced) will be assigned.
講義内容 1.Orientation
2.Rural America: Class & gender (Dorothy Allison)
3.Rural America: “Consent” vs. “descent” relationships (Tobias Wolff)
4.Rural America: Chicano culture (Gary Soto)
5.Gender: Gender & performance (Ernest Hemingway)
6.Gender: Queer identity (Peter Cameron, Robin Becker)
7.Native America: Contact, conflict, compromise (reading TBA)
8.Native America: Reservation life (reading TBA)
9.Native America: Film (Smoke Signals)
10.Native America: Film (Smoke Signals)
11.Being Black in America: Urban life (reading TBA)
12.Being Black in America: Internalized racism (reading from Coming of Age in Mississippi)
13.Asian America: Family & identity (Derek Kirk Kim, Gene Luen Yang)
14.Asian America: Japanese Americans and World War II Relocation
15.Wrap-up
評価方法 Attendance & participation, response papers (bi-weekly), individual presentations, final project
教科書等 Handouts
担当者プロフィール Michael Gorman earned his PhD in American literature and culture from the University of Tulsa and is especially interested in rural American culture, transnationalism, and the environment.
備考 This course will be taught entirely in English, and students are expected to use English actively in class. The schedule and texts are tentative and could change.