As a junior seminar, we will study literary works to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge on how to study literature and do independent research. This seminar will limit the period of study from the turn-of-the century era to the present, on literary works in English. In order to have a shared reading, we will focus on the war novel as an expression of the clash of cultures in modern society, which is increasingly composed of different cultures. We will try to define the purpose of the war novel in the twentieth century by close reading, discussion, and wide research into various authors and their works on war and the clash of cultures. We will end with an oral presentation and a research paper. To stimulate discussions, we will build a list of “war novels” written in English.
We will read a short story and a novel. Much of the class time will be devoted to expressing independent and critical thinking, literary interpretation, research and discussion. Written assignments and oral presentations are required.
“Guests of the Nation” by Frank O'Connor (to be handed out) No-no Boy by John Okada (Univ. of Washington Press, New Edition, 1978)
Given to the class as needed.
This seminar will be conducted entirely in English. Read the stories by the required time. Active participation in discussions in English is required. Continued silence will mean decline in grade points. Do not miss more than 4 classes.
Final paper, presentations, oral participation in class, and written assignments.
１．Introductory lecture. Read “Guests of the Nation” by O'Connor ２．Turn in and present a paragraph on the meaning of “Guests of the Nation.” Class discussion ３．Class discussion; begin research on Okada and No-no Boy ４．Lecture on No-no Boy and the multiracial, multicultural conflicts in modern society ５．Close reading by students and discussion on No-no Boy Lecture on other war novels of the 20th century ６．Close reading by students and discussion Lecture on other war novels of the 20th century ７．Close reading by students and discussion Lecture on choosing a “topic” and a “thesis statement” ８．Presentations on individual interpretations of No-no Boy Brainstorming on possible thesis statements ９．Report on research. Lecture on making a sentence outline Discuss critical thinking, originality, logic. 10．Discuss thesis development 11．Discuss thesis development. Turn in your sentence outline 12．Lecture on documentation of sources. Write your paper 13．Presentations of the paper and discussions 14．Presentations of the paper and discussions. Revise paper as necessary. 15．Final paper due (3 pages)
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