You are required to purchase the following three texts, which are available at the QC Online Bookstore. Unless you require an ebook version of the texts for accommodations reasons, please purchase printed copies of the texts for this course. Used is fine, but please purchase the same versions listed. Bring the current novel we are reading with you to each class.
- Passing by Nella Larsen (Quicksand and Passing, paperback, ISBN 9780813511702)
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (paperback, ISBN 9780743273565)
- The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (paperback, ISBN 9780618485222)
Additional required readings are listed below by essay and in the order in which you will be reading (or watching) them. Unless otherwise indicated you must you must bring the required reading with you to each class, either printed or on a device bigger than a phone.
Theory and Reference
- Throughout the semester, we’ll skim chapters from Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler. You are not required to print this text, but please take notes, come to class ready to discuss it, and expect that you will be asked to respond to the text for homework.
- You will be provided with a list of literary terms for Essay 1. We will use The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms for definitions of those terms.
- College Writing I Writing Guides (as a refresher): These guides were created by writing professors here at Queens College (including me) and academic writing instructors outside of our college. Use them as tools to help you compose academic arguments. You do not need a Dropbox account to view or download them.
Poetry and Prose
You have been provided with a printout of the poetry and prose readings for Essay 1, and a PDF of the printout is available on Dropbox.
- “Immigrants in Our Own Land” (1979) by Jimmy Santiago Baca
- “We Are Americans Now, We Live in the Tundra” (1987) by Marilyn Mei Ling Chin
- “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” (1974) by Henry Dumas
- “We Wear the Mask” (1896) by Paul Laurence Dunbar
- “Yr Not Exotic, but Once Ya Wanted to Be” (2018) by Tarfia Faizullah
- “The Starfruit Tree” (2015) by Ashwak Fardoush
- “An American Sunrise” by Joy Harjo (2017) by Joy Harjo
- “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” (1926) “I, Too,” (1926) and “Let America Be America Again” (1936) by Langston Hughes
- “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” (1984) and “A Woman Speaks” (1978) by Audre Lorde
- “A Mark of Resistance” (1957) by Adrienne Rich
writing and theoretical readings
- “Figurative Language” by Thomas McLaughlin
- “Breaking into the Conversation” by Mark Gaipa
- “Falling into Theory” (selections) by David H. Richter
- “Passing for White: A Literary History” by Darryl Pinckney
- “Passing for White, Passing for Black” (1991) by Adrian Piper
- “‘Plessy v. Ferguson’: Who Was Plessy?” by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- “Reading Race in Nella Larsen’s ‘Passing’ and the Rhinelander Case” by Rebecca Nisetich
- “A Spectacle in Color: The Lesbian and Gay Subculture of Jazz Age Harlem” by Eric Garber (Reading of this text is only required if you are doing a queer reading of Passing.)
- Eric Foner on U.S. immigration in the 1920s (video)
- Eric Foner on the U.S. Immigration Law of 1965 (video)
- Introduction to American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century by Gary Gerstle
- “White Skin, White Masks: Passing, Posing, and Performing in The Great Gatsby” by Meredith Goldsmith
- “American Freedom, American Coercion: Immigrant Journeys in the ‘Promised Land’” by Gary Gerstle
- “The Children of 1965: Allegory, Postmodernism, and Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Namesake’” by Min Hyoung Song
- “Postmodernity vs. the Postmodern vs. Postmodernism” by Martin Irvine (skim read only)
- “Linking Evidence and Claims” by by David Rossenwasser et al.
- “Acknowledgments and Responses” by Wayne Booth et al.
Image: Santa Desconocida (2016) by Judithe Hernández.