This course will focus on the Mutlicultural Renaissance (1980-2000) when literary masterpieces appeared from African American, Native American, Asian American, and Latina/o writers such as Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Rudolfo Anaya. As these writers were accepted into the canon of "American Literature," they forced the country to rethink the myth of the Manifest Destiny by updating ancient stories of Buddhism, Native American ceremonies, African religions, brought over on slave ships, and the unique blend of Christianity and indigenous spirituality that animates Mexican American Catholicism. In the 21st century, the Multicultural Renaissance continues, albeit in new forms. Television shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "Ru Paul's Drag Race" make visible and empower LGBT cultures; "Catfish" explores how cultural identities become ever more fluid in the age of the internet. Stand up comedians Key & Peel, Margaret Cho, and Ahmed Ahmed explore issues of religion, race, ethnicity, sexuality. This course will unfold against the backdrop of the 2016 election, as issues ofcultural diversity divide the country, even as it becomes ever more multicultural.
Section 402 - SEM
TR 1030AM-1200PM