Comparative Literature | Lit in Intellect/Cultural Context
C641 | 28188 | V. Halloran


4 cr
Meets TR 9:30 - 10:45 am

This class examines how various different ethnic groups theorize
what it means to belong simultaneously to various communities
defined by ethnic, racial, linguistic, gender and class interests.
Throughout the semester, we will read works that seek to define the
multidisciplinary approach and innovative methodologies that
scholars have developed to study ethnicity, identity and belonging.
The survey approach will provide a framework for comparison as well
as an understanding of the commonalities and differences ethnic
studies scholars identify between their work and that of their
peers.  By reading these texts in light of each other, our class
will develop a more nuanced understanding of the plurality of
communities that make up the United States of America as a nation
state, a republic made up of 50 states, an imagined community, an
ideological space, and a social network. Students will be required
to write a formal book review and show proof that it has been
submitted for publication.  They will also have to apply some of the
ethnic studies theory discussed in class in a formal,
interdisciplinary essay focusing on their own area of
specialization.