Fall 2013

Crossings in Multiethnic American Literature

Listed in: English, as ENGL-161


Wendy H. Bergoffen (Section 01)


This course will use crossings as a framework for considering how ethnic and racial identities have been understood, represented, and theorized in America.  One of our goals will be to use this conceptual lens to examine works of multiethnic literature, works that address the experiences of immigration, adaptation, ethnic multiplicity, passing, and ethnic tension.  What does it mean to identify as ethnic in American culture?  What are the challenges in self-defining identity in a culture that categorizes people and groups?  Another goal will be to examine how these texts engage with others regarding multiethnic experience.  Close attention will be paid to issues of language, style, and form.  Readings will include texts by Abraham Cahan, Pauline Hopkins, Richard Rodriguez, Sui Sin Far, Nella Larsen, Philip Roth, and Anna Deveare Smith.

Preference to first-year students and sophomores.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Lecturer Bergoffen.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to first-year students and sophomores.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013