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ENLG-262 - American Multicultural Literature - Dr. Adam Kaiserman

Course:American Multicultural Literature
Professor:Dr. Adam Kaiserman
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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My name is Adam Kaiserman, and I am Professor of English at College of the Canyons as well as the incoming chair of the department. Before coming to College of the Canyons, I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine. My primary research interests are in the intersection of media studies and post-1945 American literature. However, much of the literature I study is multicultural by nature, and I have presented at the Multiethnic Literatures of the United States Association’s annual conference as well as published in its journal MELUS.

Course Description

In ENGL 262, we will explore works by African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Latina American, and Native American authors. In particular, we will examine how these authors contend with the often-stereotypical images that they encounter of themselves in mass media.

What to Expect in this Course

Canvas modules follow a week by week organization with discussion boards based on the reading.

Types of Assessments

  • Generally, each assigned reading will have a discussion board question due on Friday  and you will be expected to respond to one of your classmates by the close of Sunday and follow up on Monday.
  • There will be a one major paper.
  • There will be one final
  • There will be weekly close reading exercises
  • There will be low-stakes weekly quizzes.

Textbook Information

Jackie Siblbies Drury, Fariview

Dara Horn, People Love Dead Jews: Reports form a Haunted Present (excerpts) 

Melisssa Lozada-Oliva, Dreaming of You: A Novel In Verse (excerpts)

Tommy Orange, There, There (excerpts)

Jackie Siblbies Drury, Fariview

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese

Other Relevant Course Information

I'm looking forward to seeing you in class this summer.

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Last updated: 04/21/2022 Sub#: 1335