TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m., Shingleton Hall 8

Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 World Fiction Conference Conference

Welcome to the English 328 World Fiction in English Conference Conference 05.12.16. During our final exam period, our class is holding a conference comprised of the students' seminar papers. Each paper has been targeted to an actual professional conference; hence, our "conference" conference. This assignment is intended to professionalize our students through learning how to target and present their work to specific professional audiences.

ENG 328 World Fiction Conference Conference Program


Panel 1: Paraphrasing Sartre: The Condition of a Woman is a Nervous Condition

Michelle Adams, "Education as a Means of Colonization and Control in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s
Nervous Conditions"

Wyatt Dillon, "African Women's Struggle for Liberation"

Samantha Maddy, "The Quality of Women's Freedom"

Panel 2: Invoking Fanon: World Literature as "Poetry of Revolt"

Donya Akhawam Jam, "Women's Rights: Vanguards of Change and Revolution"

Brenda Nieves, "Accepting Discrimination, or Accepting Prejudice"


Panel 3: Traumatic Representations of Human Development

Te'Keyah Bailey, "Children and Literature"

Isabella Brito, "Representations of Refugees"

Veronica LaRusso, "Trauma and its Effects on Human Shaping"




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Motorcycle Diaries Assignment for April 5, 2016

Dear Class,
What a ride we've had this semester! It's therefore appropriate that we turn to a travel narrative as we approach the home stretch. Let's begin by considering the multiple layers of the travel narrative. Notice that the genre usually depicts not only a geographical journey but also a personal one as well. Typically, the writer uses the journey from one location to another as a metaphor for his or her own growth from one type of person into another more enlightened or mature one. For example, in Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto "Che" Guevara compares his nine-month journey to a gestation that will result in the birth of a new mindset (31). This week's online assignment is to locate (pun intended!) a particular moment in the memoir that suggests Che's movement not only from one location to another but also his transformation from one mindset to another.

Assignment: In a two- to three-paragraph comment to this post, address the above prompt. Use standard English. Cite textual evidence from the memoir. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. This assignment counts as one online work grade and is due by class time on Thursday, 4/7/16.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ceremony Assignment for Tuesday, 3/22/16

This assignment asks you to discuss the interrelationships among healing, ceremony, and storytelling in Laguna/Pueblo culture. Read the novel's Introduction by Larry McMurtry and Preface by Silko to understand these links.

Assignment: In a two- to three-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Betonie says, "White people are only tools that witchery manipulates; and I tell you, we can deal with white people. . . . because we invented white people" (122). What does Betonie mean by "witchery"? What does he mean by the claim "we invented white people"? Finally, what is the nature of Betonie's relationship with Tayo?

Use standard English. Cite textual evidence from Silko's novel. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. In order to post a comment here, you must have an online account compatible with Blogspot. You may use either an existing online account, like your SU Gmail account, or set up a new one expressly for online work in this class. You may use whatever online moniker you prefer (barring the offensive) as long as your posts include your name. After the semester is over and final grades issued, you are free to disable any online account you used for this class. This assignment counts as one online work grade and is due by class time on Thursday, 3/2416.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Assignment for TUESDAY, March 15, 2016

Scholars,

As we begin Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko this week, you'll notice that Silko uses a great deal of poetry interspersed with the prose narrative of the novel. The poetry is a stark contrast to the prose, inasmuch as the poetry's subject matter--Pueblo cosmological beliefs--contrasts with the otherwise realistic portrayal of the present in the narrative portions of the novel. (Of course, the novel's publication date and other historical cues in the narrative's exposition alert us to exactly when "the present" is in Ceremony.)

M. Scott Mamaday has called Ceremony "a telling" rather than a novel to be read. Indeed, the narrative has a lyrical cadence reminiscent of oral literature performances by community storytellers. Silko echoes this idea, stating in her introductory essay that she didn't know she was writing a novel and that, when finished, wasn't sure what genre of writing she had created. Dividing the narrative into chapters seemed inorganic to her. What she had written, she realized, was simply a very long story appropriate for her Pueblo literary tradition and her artistic goals.

Given that some literature, as in Pueblo tradition, is meant to be spoken rather than read--and given that many of you expressed the hope of pairing spoken word with dance during our last class session--we're going to replicate the experiences of composing, performing, and hearing our own literature inspired by the intersection of your Town Hall topic, course themes, and Ceremony. This week's assignment is for each of you to write a spoken-word piece (or poem) that would take about 2-3 minutes to read aloud. You'll perform these in class (just to our class) on Thursday, 3/15. One piece will be selected for demonstration at a General Education conference in early April.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Town Hall Meeting Assignment #2: DUE MARCH 3 at the start of class

CHOOSING ONE ISSUE AND TAKING SIDES
Issue, solution, news articles, interest groups, and course concepts


RESEARCH REQUIRED:
  • Find two more news articles (different from the articles from Assignment #1)  focused on the specific issue you have identified within the broader topic from the approved sources list.
  • Choose at least two interest groups addressing your issue from opposing perspectives.
  • Apply two course concepts not used in assignment #1


Write a brief paper, approximately 3-pages, that draws from the research from assignment #1 and the research required for assignment #2.  Include in your paper the elements listed below:

  • Issue: State and discuss the issue you have identified. You may have revised this since Assignment #1.  
  • Interest Groups: List the name and website addresses of at least two interest groups with opposing solutions or perspectives on the issue you have identified.  Write a sentence or two about each group’s mission and their approach to your issue.  
  • Solution or Perspective: State which interest group proposes a solution or perspective you support.  Summarize that solution or perspective.  Summarize the action this group has taken to solve this issue or raise awareness of the issue.  Can you think of a solution or perspective that can help further their mission (you do not have to come up with something completely original. You may find good ideas in the news articles or proposed by a different interest group)? Be as specific as possible, and state why you think your solution or perspective is possible and desirable.
  • Arguments for your solution or perspective (at least two): Cite news articles from this and the first assignment as well as information from interest groups and class meetings to present and explain the strongest arguments that support your proposed solution or perspective.
  • Against your policy solution (at least two): Cite news articles from this and the first assignment as well as information from interest groups and class readings to present and explain the strongest arguments against your proposed solution or perspective.
  • Course Concept Analysis: Present a brief discussion that relates at least two new course concepts (different from Assignment # 1) to the information from the news articles and interest groups. The more you analytically relate the course concepts to the information about your policy topic from the news articles, interest groups and class readings, the better your grade is likely to be.
  • References: Include a reference list of all of the sources you cite in your paper at the end of your paper

WRETCHED OF THE EARTH Assignment for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

We have discussed the ways that foreign invaders can distort descriptions of other cultures that they view through their own cultural lenses. We also know that, as readers, we must be careful not to distort our perceptions of other cultures through our own cultural lenses. In today's selection from The Wretched of the Earth, most of the chapter entitled "On National Culture," Frantz Fanon pushes this learning one step further by advocating for a national literature and, more, "a poetry of revolt" (226).

Assignment: In a two- to three-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: Explain what Fanon means when he advocates for a “poetry of revolt.” Why is literature important to a liberation struggle? How does Keita Fodeba's play, "African Dawn," exemplify Fanon’s idea? Cite both the play and the selection from Fanon's book in support of your claim. Use standard English. Include your name. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. See the citation link on this blog for instructions. This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by 1:00 p.m. on 2/25/16.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Town Hall Assignment #1

Town Hall Meeting Assignment #1
From Topic to Issue
News articles, course concepts, stakeholders/interest groups, issue and solution
Due Date:  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th AT 5PM


You have your Town Hall topic (i.e. healthcare). Now you need to narrow down that topic to a specific issue related to that topic (i.e. equal access to health insurance) by reading articles related to your topic. Each paper should include the following:


Identification of  Topic: __________________________


Topic Assignments (you should know yours): Gun Control, Human Trafficking, Immigration/Refugees, Homelessness, Higher Education--Is it worth it?; Food--GMO, organic, industrial, or local


Articles: Find four articles from approved news sources addressing that topic and provide the following information for each article:

  1. Full citation for the article following MLA format.
  2. 1-2 sentence summary of the article, identifying who, what, why, when, and where. Cite all quotes and paraphrases.
  3. Discuss one course concept or approach that relates to these articles.  Present the concept, its definition from class material, and its source in the class material. Cite all quotes and paraphrases.
  4. Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how the course concept or approach relates to the news articles. The more you analytically relate the course concepts to the information about topics in the news articles, the better your grade is likely to be. Cite all quotes and paraphrases.
  5. Stakeholders or interest groups: List the people, groups, or organizations discussed in the articles that are involved with your topic. Identify who they are and their specific perspective or interest in the issue. Indicate which article mentions each stakeholder or interest group.
  6. Issue:  in 1-2 sentences, use information from your articles and class readings to identify a single issue (i.e. equal access to healthcare) related to your topic (healthcare) that you think should be addressed. For example, something government is doing or not doing, or some situation the government should address. One or more issues problems will probably be discussed in your articles.
  7. Proposed Solution: in 1-2 sentences, use information from your articles and class material to identify a single solution to address the issue you have identified (i.e. Obamacare). One or more solutions will probably be discussed in your articles. Focus on an actual solution that an organization, lawmaker, administrator, court or other governmental officials or branch could attempt to enact or implement. Something government or grassroots organizations can do. For instance, your solution should be something that is possible and desirable. You do not have to come up with something completely original. You may find good ideas for solutions in the news articles.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Welcome to Contemporary World Fiction

This course blog is an online extension of our classroom space. It's a paperless way for me to make important course information accessible to you from any Internet-accesible computer. I hope you will explore the course information supplied here. Be sure to check this blog often for new information useful to your success in this course. I will also use this space to post queries for your response, course announcements, and other news or events of interest to scholars of contemporary world fiction. Please feel free to post any questions or comments about the course here.

Sincerely,
Dr. Brown