4 Credit Hours
This course will focus on literature about the American immigrant experience. Readings will include materials on historical and contemporary reasons for immigration, adapting to the U.S., and U.S. responses to immigrants. Some themes of the texts we'll be reading include losing and gaining traditions, culture, and language as well as family and generational conflicts. Some possible texts/readings will include short stories, novels, poetry, memoirs, and nonfiction prose and may include titles such as THE MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE (Pipher), BREAD GIVERS (Yezierska), LOST IN TRANSLATION (Hoffman), THE LATEHOMECOMER (Yang), and A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN (Butler). The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course is only open to English as a Second Language (ESL) students with permission of the instructor.