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NO 202 1Narrative, Place and Identity in North America (Fall 2013) Instructor Dr. Katherine Ann Roberts 4 -157 Alvin Woods Building 884-0710, ext. 2167 [email protected] *please do not use MyLS email Office hours: Monday 1:30-2:30, Tuesday 4:00-5:00 or by appointment Time Monday 9:30-12:20 Room BA 209 1Course Description This course examines the “foundational fictions” of Canadian, American and Mexican culture through a study of narrative, place and identity. Key themes will include tensions between ethnic, regional and religious identities, urban and rural spaces, the relationship to land and place and the encounter of European and First Nations peoples, worldviews and lifeways. This year the course will explore these themes through three spatial/generic paradigms: the West (Western), the Border and the Road. Required Reading Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing, 2002 Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men, 2005. Jack Kerouac, On the Road, 1955. + additional required readings will be posted to the My Learning Space page Course Format The course lectures are once a week for three hours (with a 10-15 minute break). Course Homepage Through the MyLearningSapce course homepage, students will be able to access documents and other materials and view their grades. Power point presentations will be posted systematically at the end of each lecture; presentations will not be available prior to lecture. Additional readings will be available online, posted to this site. The website is an integral component of the course and, as such, students are strongly encouraged to visit it regularly. Instructional Method This course will take a lecture format using a variety of visual aids in order to present and analyze the course material. The readings have been selected to foster critical thinking; the lectures will expand upon and critique the material covered in the readings and provide a synthesis of the different components. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and time will be devoted to class discussion whenever possible. Assessment Group Presentation 25% Written Assignment 25% Final exam (take home) 25% Homework assignments 25% Group presentation: Students will work in groups on class presentations that explore one or more aspects of the themes evoked in each unit. More details will be made available later on in the semester. Written Assignment: 1250-1500 words (5-6 pages), to be submitted on Nov. 4. More details will be made available later on in the semester. Homework: Students will submit a one-page response every week to questions on the assigned readings. These responses are due at the beginning of class and must be submitted in person. No assignments are to be submitted by email, after class, nor should students summarily depart after handing in their work. Questions on the readings will be sent to students by email the Thursday before each class. Final Exam: A take-home exam will be assigned during the exam period. The exam will be comprehension (cover the entire course). DETAILED CLASS SCHEDULE: Week 1 Introduction: Sept. 9 Week 2 Unit 1: West Sept. 16 Considerations of genre; Canadian/American comparisons Week 3 Unit 1: West Sept. 23 Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing + additional readings Homework assignment Week 4 Unit 1: West Sept. 30 Guy Vanderhaeghe, The Last Crossing Film screening: Stagecoach, dir. John Ford, 1939. Homework assignment Week 5 Unit 1: West Oct. 7 Group presentations Homework assignment Week 6 Unit 2: Border Oct. 21 Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men +additional readings Homework assignment Week 7 Unit 2: Border Oct. 28 Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men Film screening: Frozen River, dir. Courtenay Hunt, 2008. + additional readings Homework assignment Week 8 Unit 2: Border Nov. 4 Group presentations Homework assignment Written Assignment due Week 19 Unit 3: Road Nov 11 Jack Kerouac, On the Road Hom
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