Postgraduate Course: From Margin to Centre (ENLI11031)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course caters for students whose primary interest is in issues concerning gender and ethnicity. It conforms to the Department¿s need to cover the popular areas of women¿s studies and American Literature. The course will attempt to complicate and interrogate the notion of ¿minority¿ as it has been used historically in the United States with its implications of marginalisation and isolation from the mainstream. Since the 1960s, the growing cultural and political awareness of minority groups has impelled a radical redefinition of mainstream American culture and recent literature has been both an agent and a beneficiary of this process. What does it mean to be an ¿American¿ in the late Twentieth century? Mexican, Caribbean and Native American are among the cultural diasporas that are recuperated and included in this extended American cultural territory, as is the experience of displacement itself. These multiple cultural perspectives are inseparable from feminist perspectives. In contemporary fiction by American women, gender inevitably underpins questions of culture, class and history.
Please come to the first class having read Borderlands.
Week 1 Gloria Anzaldua Borderlands (1987)
Week 2 Cristina Garcia Dreaming in Cuban (1992); The Aguero Sisters (1997); Monkey Hunting (2003).
Week 3 Ana Castillo The Mixquiahuala Letters (1986); So Far From God (1993); Peel My Love Like An Onion (1999).
Week 4 Denise Chavez Face of an Angel (1994); Loving Pedro Infante (2001)
Week 5 Julia Alvarez In The Time of the Butterflies (1994); How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991)
Week 6 Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street (1984) Woman Hollering Creek (1992); Caramelo (2002).
Week 7 Esmeralda Santiago Almost a Woman (1998); America¿s Dream (1998).
Week 8 Louise Erdrich Love Medicine (1984)
Week 9 Linda Hogan Power (1998)
Week 10 Leslie Silko Ceremony (1997); Gardens in the Dunes (1999).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- This course is intended to introduce students to the concept of 'New World Literatures'. It will enable them to answer the question: What does it mean to be an "American" in the late Twentieth century? These multiple cultural perspectives are inseparable from concepts of culture, class and history.
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|Course organiser||Miss Faith Pullin
|Course secretary||Miss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030