Office Hours: F 3 - 5 p.m. or by appointment
Mon 10 - 12 (BRK 314)
Wed 8 - 9 (BRK 310)
Outline of course:
|M 7/6||Point of View||
|W 7/8||Point of View||
|M 7/13||Symbolism, Imagery||
|W 7/15||Symbolism, Imagery||
|M 7/27||Irony, Setting||Text|
|W 7/29||Irony, Setting||
|M 8/3||Irony, Setting||
|W 8/5||Irony, Setting||
|W 8/12||Mother's Day (no classes)|
Requirements and Expectations
Students are expected to keep a journal and
hand in a reading response every week either by e-mail or on paper. Reading
responses must be handed in before class or at the beginning of the class
on which it is due. You should think of the reading response as an attempt
to explain, discuss or comment on a question that you pose about the reading.
Avoid simple questions or those that seem easy to answer, like factual
questions. I don't expect more than half a page of written or typed reading
responses but these should be well thought out. Quality is more important
Attendance and Participation
Discussion of the texts will be a big part of this class and students
are encouraged to express their opinions, share observations and ask questions.
This is an important way to learn and increase your understanding about
the readings. Use this opportunity in class to expand your perspectives!
In the last few weeks of classes when we will be discussing Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, students will take turns leading class discussion in pairs. You will sign up in advance and prepare discussion questions with your partner. You should make an appointment with me some time before your presentation to discuss the questions and points you would like to bring up in class about the chapter. You should hand in the list of prepared questions and discussion topics to me at the beginning of class. Topics to bring up should concern any of the elements of fiction we have studied that are relevant to the day's reading.
Guth, Hans P. and Gabriele L. Rico. Discovering Fiction. New Jersey: A Blair Press Book,1993.
DiYanni, Robert. Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and the Essay. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994.
Kennedy, X.J. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama, 4th ed. Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1987.
Hirschberg, Stuart. The Many Worlds of Literature. New York: Macmillan, 1994.
Gillespie, Sheena, Terezinha Fonseca and Carol Sanger. Literature Across Cultures. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1994.
Bruton, Anthony and Angeles Broca. Active reading. Surrey: Nelson, 1993.
Fiction 50: An Introduction to the Short Story. Compiled by James H. Pickering.New York: Macmillan, 1993.
Sage, Howard. Fictional flights: An Anthology of Short Stories for Non-native Speakers of English. Boston: Heinle&Heinle, 1993.
Hurt, James. Literature: A Contemporary Introduction. New York: Macmillan, 1994.
Literary Resources on the Net
Online Literature Resources
Websites on Amy Tan and The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan: Biography
Anniina's Amy Tan Page
Provides a brief biography and many links to Amy Tan related pages such as interviews and information on her novels.
Crystal's Amy Tan Page (1K)
Women Writers of Color: Amy Tan
Some Background on Amy Tan
Borders: Language and Difference - American Languages, The Language of
Chinese American Women in American Culture
A critical paper on the chapter "Waiting Between the Trees"
You may write reading responses as often as you wish. You can e-mail me or write on paper and put it on my desk. I am always willing to discuss your ideas or questions about the reading or about the course.
*Remember, I do not expect more than half a page for your reading responses.
Here are some of the imagery in "Astronomer's Wife" we've brainstormed
height, up-down direction
Here are some themes for this short story:
man & woman
the mind & the body
the abstract & the concrete
Other points to ponder:
Follow adjectives or descriptions of these pairs. Are they consistent? Do they change? How would you explain the development of these descriptions?