ENGL 3347-001 Asian-American Literature Spring 2008

Tim Morris

1900-2020 Mon / Wed 102 Preston Hall

office hours: 9am-noon Wed 420 Carlisle Hall

tmorris at uta dot edu

office phone: 817.272.0466

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

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required texts: Yamamoto, Seventeen Syllables; Phan, We Should Never Meet; Bulosan, All the Conspirators; Mukherjee, Jasmine; Lee, Native Speaker; Chu, Eat a Bowl of Tea; plus two more: each individual student will read a different juvenile novel, and a different adult text, for this extra reading

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. If you've got a paper copy in your hand right now, please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/3347s08/3347main.html

course description: This course is a student-centered exploration of the diverse range of texts by Asian-American authors.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will know something about Asian-American literature and will have contributed to a collaborative knowledge base in the field.

attendance is mandatory. Quizzes may not be made up. One point will be given for attendance at each presentation meeting.

assignments: Daily quizzes; two class presentations; contributions to the knowledge base; final exam.

grading: Grading is on a point system, as follows:

300 points are thus possible for the entire semester. Your final grade will be based on the standard percentage ranges. 270-300 points is an A; 240-269 points is a B; 210-239 points is a C; 180-209 points is a D; 179 or less is an F.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 4984, and by email at noel@uta.edu.

writing center: located on the fourth floor of the Central Library, and at http://www.uta.edu/owl/, the Writing Center provides free tutoring for UTA students. Tutors will not write your papers for you, but will help you understand and use strategies for effective writing.

schedule of assignments and readings

Mon 14 Jan: syllabus, introductions

Wed 16 Jan: Yamamoto, "Seventeen Syllables"; daily quizzes begin.

Wed 23 Jan: Yamamoto, "The Legend of Miss Sasagawara," "The Brown House"

Mon 28 Jan: Yamamoto, "Yoneko's Earthquake," "Las Vegas Charley"

Wed 30 Jan: Phan, first four stories

Mon 4 Feb: Phan, second four stories

Wed 6 Feb: Bulosan, chs. 1-12

Mon 11 Feb: Bulosan, chs. 13-22

Wed 13 Feb: Mukherjee, chs. 1-11

Mon 18 Feb: Mukherjee, chs. 12-21

Wed 20 Feb: WALK. Note that following activities through 28 April are moved one meeting forward. Class will meet on 28 April.

Mon 25 Feb: Mukherjee, chs. 22-26

Wed 27 Feb: Lee, pp. 1-81

Mon 3 March: Lee, pp. 82-171

Wed 5 March: Lee, pp. 172-258

Mon 10 March: Lee, pp. 259-349

Wed 12 March: Chu, chs. 1-30

Mon 24 March: Chu, chs. 31-57. Last quiz.

Wed 26 March through Wed 9 April: presentations on juvenile books. Attendance taken.

Mon 14 April through Mon 28 April: presentations on adult texts. Attendance taken.

Wed 30 April: course evaluations; review for final exam. No knowledge-base contributions after this date.

Wed 7 May: final exam, 2015-2245, in regular classroom.

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