A MULTICULTURAL VIEW Fall 2011 Dr. Zoltán Abádi-Nagy, main bldg 120/2
M 14:00-15:40 Phone: (52) 512-900/22507 (no voice mail)
Main bldg 119 E-Mail: email@example.com
Office hours: M 13:00-14:00,
and by appointment.
Make-up classes, when needed:
Prospectus The focus will be on one genre (the novel), and our work will be tailored to the (straightforward or ironic) theme of inner growth, examined in its multicultural manifestations, and, in turn, as it reflects on multicultural experience in America. If we are going for the panoramic view, it is in this latter (multicultural) aspect. General historical and intellectual features, as well as technical and theoretical aspects will also be studied beside the thematic concern. Novels authored in the post-WWII period by eminent representatives of the five American pan-ethnicities will be discussed, one from each ethnic group, in this order: Jewish American E. L. Doctorow, Native American N. Scott Momaday, Hispanic American (Chicano) Rudolfo A. Anaya, Asian (Chinese) American Maxine Hong Kingston, and African American Toni Morrison.
Class Format: seminar, 2 hrs, graded (discussion; historical and theoretical background information provided by your teacher in class; combined with quizzes, presentation, and a writing workshop).
The reading assignments are kept as reasonable as possible. Students will be expected to attend class faithfully, to keep up with the readings, and to come to class prepared with questions and comments for discussion. The classes will be conducted in an atmosphere in which the instructor and the students take the time to discuss readings and share their insights. We can set aside part of any class meeting for informal discussion of our work if needed.
Course Requirements Reader’s journal, informed attendance and participation, written response to our readings (quizzes), one presentation, one in-class essay and one out-of-class analytic paper (peer review, the possibility of revision), as well as final test.
Presentation The oral presentation is based on a critical or theoretical essay or book chapter related to one of the novels on the agenda. It should introduce the presenter’s position and should use the interrogative method, generating a good debate. Sign-up deadline: September 24. (Maximum two presentations per class session. It is possible for two students to team up for a presentation.) Writing Assignments
JOURNAL—Each student will keep a reader's journal in a separate notebook, making an entry of at least one page per class, raising at least one pertinent issue for classroom discussion. You are free to choose your own topics. (More about this in class.) The journal entries may be hand-written or typed, as you prefer. Journals will be collected at least twice during the term, beginning the fourth week of class.
QUIZZES—The quizzes will be in-class responses to the texts covered up to a given point, inclusive of identification questions, multiple-choice comprehension questions, as well as other content questions designed to check if you have actually read the assigned text(s).
ANALYTIC ESSAY—It is an eight-page out-of-class analytic paper that studies texts on our syllabus; the notion of an analytic essay will be discussed, and topics will be assigned in class. It is going to be a research paper with at least two printed sources. Each paper will be discussed in a peer workshop before it is submitted. The writing workshop is fundamental to the course. Students who do not participate in it because they are absent without good cause or because their paper is not drafted will lose 5 points on the grade of the paper once it is handed in. The essay will be graded for substance, structure, scholarship, and style. For due dates see "Schedule" below.
FINAL TEST—It will be cumulative, a combination of various kinds of identification questions. It will be described more fully near the end of the term.
Documentation, format—When you consult or quote a source, document it according to the usual academic principles. In all matters of form, use the MLA format. If you have questions about how to do so, ask me, or ask a librarian for the 4th or 5th edition of the MLA Handbook.
Editing—Take pride in your work, edit it carefully, root out mechanical errors. Expect your in-class and out-of-class paper to lose one point per every five mechanical errors.
Font, margins—Out-of-class papers must be typed, double-spaced, in an ordinary font. Those with abnormally wide margins or typeface, will be returned unmarked, and must be resubmitted as directed.
Late paper policy—The essay may be handed in one week late without penalty, provided it has been presented on time in the peer-review workshop. Papers more than one class late cannot be accepted for credit.
maximum penalty against plagiarism. You can be assigned a grade of F for it. The Institute
of English and American Studies expects its students to adhere to the university’s policies
regarding student academic conduct. This statement must be typed
on the title page of your essay and signed in hand: “This paper has been prepared in
full awareness of the international norms of academic conduct.”
Grading Participation in discussion (inclusive of occasional quizzes—unannounced, and evaluated on an S/F basis, F meaning a loss of one point in each case) will count 15%,
in-class essay: 10%,
take-home essay 25%,
final test 25%.
A/5=91-100; B/4=81-90; C/3=71-80; D/2=61-70; F/1 is 60% or below.
Course requirements— The in-class essay, the out-of-class paper and the final test are course requirements; i.e., a student must complete all of these assignments in order to pass the course. Incompletes—Incompletes will be granted only if you must miss classes or the final test because of verified illness or for scheduled activities of official university organizations if I am notified in advance of your absence.
Absence policy— Regular attendance and participation are required. Faithful and alert attendance is extremely important to what you learn in the course, as well as to the success of the course as a whole. If circumstances exist that cause you to be absent more than once in the semester, make an appointment to speak to me about your progress in the course. I reserve the right to lower your final grade by 5 points for eachunofficial absence when, in my judgment, absences have been unwarranted. However, four unexcused absences will automatically fail the course. It is possible to fail the course by absences alone.
Tardy policy—Tardiness and early departures are not allowable. They are offensive to your fellow students and to the instructor because they disrupt class work. If you have a compelling reason for arriving late or leaving early, speak with me about the problem. If you regularly cut the beginning and/or the end of class sessions, it can add up to unexcused full-class-time absences.
Extra credit—No extra credit policy.
Borderline grades—If your grade is borderline, it depends on attendance and the general pattern of your work (performance improvements) if you can get a break.
Discussing grades—If you have questions about how I evaluated your work, please stop by to see me. It is my policy to discuss grades in person only, and not over the telephone.
S C H E D U L E
Orientation: course introduction and requirements
(presentation sign-up deadline)
House Made of Dawn,
“Prologue,” Parts 1 and 2 (“The Longhair,” “The Priest of the Sun”)
House Made of Dawn,
Part 3 and 4 (“The Night Chanter,” “The Dawn Runner”)