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UNCP 5514 Capstone: Growing Up Ethnic in America (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

In this seminar students will read writing that depicts a variety of experiences but suggest that what constitutes an American identity is far from settled. Ethnic difference has a profound effect on personal and social understandings of what it means to be an American. As we discuss the literature, students will be expected to share their own personal narratives of growing up – stories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, faith, and nationality – and what it means to be American. Some of the writers we will read include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich, Chang Rae-Lee,Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Mat Johnson and Ta-Nehisi Coates.


Instructor(s): Akua Sarr

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS5513

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Last Updated: 25-Jan-17