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ENGS 111 – D1:Reading Race, Seeing Race

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics address "race" and/or the contributions of ethnically diverse writers to American culture. Focus and readings vary. May repeat for credit with different content . Pre/co-requisites: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.

Section Description: Reading Race, Seeing Race: Introduction to Comparative Race Studies in Literature and Popular Culture. How do we narrate and visualize race? How do narrative and visual depictions alter across different racial groups? This course will examine how American literature and popular culture construct certain “racial knowledges” in the formation of American identity. Through a comparative race approach, we will focus on a wide range of literary texts (novels, short stories, personal essays/memoir, non-fictional essays as well as interdisciplinary theoretical essays) and visual “texts” (feature films, music videos, television, and websites). Furthermore, we will also examine how various genres (including the immigrant narrative, comedy/satire, speculative fiction) offer unique approaches to the narrative and visual constructions of race and difference. Some themes and theoretical concerns we will explore include: whiteness and multicultural angst, race and representation, gender and sexuality, immigration and assimilation, and ethnic humor and satire.

CRN: 14352

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 16/37

Days Time Location
MWF 15:00 - 15:50 LAFAYETTE HALL L200
W 16:00 - 18:30 LAFAYETTE HALL L108

Instructor(s): Jinny Huh

Meeting Dates: 12 Jan 2015 - 29 Apr 2015