Ethnic Studies 110
Office: SSB 227
Office hrs: Tues. 1:00-2:30; Wed. 1-3, and by appointment by phone or e-mail.
You have already chosen one of the following books to read for your written assignment:
The Death of Bernadette Left Hand, essay due 5/22/08
Power, essay due 5/29/08
Watermelon Nights, essay due 6/6/08
Garden in the Dunes, essay due 6/6/08
An original essay of at least 5 pages (no more than 10) is due
in lecture on the date shown above, depending on your choice.
The length requirement should give you an idea of the level of
analysis needed to fulfill this assignment.
Your essay should explore the major themes in your chosen work(s) that make
up the world view of the author and the native peoples that form the main subjects
of the material. You should relate your discussion in some fashion to the section
of the course covering the same area.
For those reading Power, there is an interesting article linked to these instructions on the web site. All of the books take place in the more recent
past, so one constant theme is what connection exists between the world views
of past and present. You may also find relevant other peoples, historical periods,
or ways of looking at Native culture and world view presented in the other sections
of the course.
This assignment should involve a creative and interpretive
effort on your part. Your essay must not be a book report. Assume
that your reader has already read the book and knows the plot.
You are writing to interpret elements of an expressed world, and
to make connections between the work you have read and topics
that we have encountered in our study of Native American history
You are encouraged to meet with me individually or in small groups to discuss your focus for the assignment during my office
hours (see above), or by making an appointment at another
mutually convenient time. Please begin to think about your essay
content before meeting with me about a topic. The purpose of this
meeting is to allow me to answer questions that you might have
about the reading or assignment, and perhaps help to define or
refine the theme(s) that you will pursue in your essay.
Note: In fairness to the other students in the class, I generally do not accept late essays except in extreme and properly documented circumstances. I am, however, willing to help to resolve difficulties that you might have with the essay or the deadline as long as you speak to me about the matter before the assignment due date.