Terry McMillan, editor, Breaking Ice
Ernest Gains, A Gathering of Old Men
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Louise Erdrich, Tracks
Lydia Minatoya, Talking to High Monks in the Snow
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Jessica Hagedorn, editor, Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction.
Barbara Rice and Sandra Mano, editors, American Mosaic: Multicultural Readings in Context.
D. Soyini Madison, editor, The Women That I Am: The Literature of Contemporary Women of Color.
Thirty minutes of class, every other Friday, will be devoted to oral reports, presented by three students, either singly or as a panel. Choose one of the following:
1. Explore another literary work related to one of the books assigned
2. Examine another work in this area by an assigned author In either case, students should summarize the book; describe historical and/ or social-economic background of the situation dealt with in the text; give a brief biographical sketch of the author; be prepared to answer questions from the class. Each oral report should be accompanied by a one-page written summary of the material, due on the same day as the verbal presentation.
Evaluation of Grades:
There will be two major exams, a final exam, plus two take-home papers.
Randy Bass, Director