Course Readings

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.

Essay 1

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.

writing and theoretical readings

Essay 2

Essay 3

Image: Santa Desconocida (2016) by Judithe Hernández.

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