|Introduction to African American Studies (II): The Bluest Eye|
Toni Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye (1970), centers on a black girl who yearns for blue eyes because she believes she is ugly. The novel presents a complex portrait of racism and deals not only with examples of direct racial oppression, but also with more subtle forms of internalized racism.
|Students will examine numerous examples of how racism may result in self-hatred. |
Students will develop their reading fluency and literary analysis skills.
|Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned material.|
|Week 1: Introduction|
Week 2: Chapter 1 (first half)
Week 3: Chapter 1 (second half)
Week 4: Chapter 2 + chapter 3 (first part)
Week 5: Chapter 3 (second part)
Week 6: Chapter 4
Week 7: Chapter 5
Week 8: Chapter 6
Week 9: Watching clips from Jeff Stilson's documentary Good Hair (2009)
Week 10: Chapter 7 (first half)
Week 11: Chapter 7 (second half)
Week 12: Chapter 8
Week 13: Chapter 9
Week 14: Chapter 10
Week 15: Chapter 11
|Class preparation should include the following:|
1) Read carefully the assigned material. Look up unknown words in a dictionary.
2) Prepare discussion topics and questions to ask in class.
During the class:
At times, students will be required to make short presentations in English on the assigned materials.
Students are expected to participate in class discussions.
|Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (Vintage). 1500 円|
|In-class participation and presentations: 20% |
3 essays (300 words): 45%
Term paper (600 words): 35%
|The willingness to ask questions and participate in the discussions.|
The quality of the oral presentations.
The quality of the essays.