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    College of William & Mary
   
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog

AMST 343 - American Ethnic Literature and Culture


(3) Weiss (GER 5)

The course aims to increase students understanding of the rich complexity of American life by studying multi-ethnic American literature and culture. We will explore some of the theoretical problems associated with race and ethnicity. For the most part, however, we will work outward from certain key texts, pursuing the questions that emerge in and from them. We will consider such matters as the evolution of immigration law, the problems of identity and dual identity, and the question of assimilation versus cultural separatism. We will also emphasize the achievement of these texts as literary documents that need to be understood as responding to local cultural practices even as they speak more broadly to Americans as a whole.