ENGL-110 - Literature and Composition - Adam Kaiserman
|Course:||Literature and Composition|
My name is Adam Kaiserman, and I am Professor of English at College of the Canyons as well as the chair of our Humanities Program. Before coming to College of the Canyons, I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine. I have been teaching at COC for eight years now.
My goal in this class is to teach you all how to be write about literature, primarily, but not exclusively for the English major. To do so, I’m going to teach you how to write incisive and interesting literary criticism. But what makes something interesting, at least to your English professors? At the heart of this class is the idea that English professors value certain forms of analysis and not others. Unfortunately, these values are often left implicit and obscure to many undergraduates. I want to make these secrets visible. To demystify what makes for good literary analysis, we will be reading Joanna Wolfe and Laura Wilder’s Digging into Literature. This textbook draws on Wilder’s research where she read copiously from across the field and cataloged how literary critics made their academic arguments. She then sought ways to make these moves explicit to students. This clarity is what we are after in this class.
To give the class greater depth, I have designed the class with a focus on representation. The dames of film noir get deconstructed in Chelsey Minnis's poetry collection Baby, I Don't Care. A town goes silent when a deaf boy is executed by an invading army in Ilya Kaminsky's poetry collection Deaf Republic. Kristoffer Diaz shows how professional wrestling perpetuates racial fantasies in his comedy The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. In his National Award Winning-book, Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu shows how the limited representation afforded to Asian Americans shapes Asian American identity. We will also examine how we depict the problem of environmental degradation and its human connections.
I look forward to teaching you over this semester and to hearing from you soon.
What to Expect in this Course
- Canvas modules follow a week by week organization with discussion boards based on the reading.
- Generally, each assigned reading will have a discussion board question due on Friday and you will be expected to respond to two of your classmates by the close of MOnday. You will then follow up with the discussion board on Tuesday for a final comment. You can expect four reading assignments per week.
- There will be a three major papers.
- Quizzes will be pegged to our reading and lecture material.
Types of Assessments
- Three academic essays
- Lecture quizzes
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Joanna Wolfe and Laura Wilder, Digging into Literature ISBN: 9781457664892
Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic ISBN 978-1555978310
Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown IBSN 978-0307948472
Kristoffer Diaz, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity IBSN 978-0573699672
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Last updated: 11/16/2021 Sub#: 232