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Literary Minorities: Morrison, Erdrich, Cisneros

B.A. Level
elective
elective DSS
optional
optional DSS
Study year
2nd
3rd
Credit value
BA3
Teacher
Pavla Veselá
Semester
winter

OBJECTIVES

This course explores selected works of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Louise Erdrich and Sandra Cisneros. We will also read the poetry of other African-American, Native-American and Chicano/a authors, including Joy Harjo, Gloria Anzaldúa, Gary Soto and Reginald Shepherd. Besides discussing “minor literature” as a concept, the course will focus on concrete themes, such as these writers' concerns with language, community and history.


SELECTED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY MATERIAL

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands: La Frontera. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1999. (selected poems and essays)

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Knopf, 1996.

Erdrich, Louise. “The World's Greatest Fisherman.” Love Medicine. London: Flamingo, 1994.

Harjo, Joy. In Mad Love and War. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1990. (selected poems)

-----. She Had Some Horses. New York: W. W. Norton, 2008. (selected poems)

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. London: Vintage Books, 1999.

Shepherd, Reginald. Fata Morgana. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007. (selected poems)

-----. Otherhood. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003. (selections)

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. New York: Pocket Books, 1985.

Criticism by Werner Sollors, bell hooks, Juan Bruce-Novoa, Ann E. Reuman, Geary Hobson and others.


ASSESSMENT

To receive their credits, students must attend at least 70% of seminars, deliver an oral presentation, and submit an essay of 2000-3000 words.

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