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Patricia Clark

Associate Professor
Department Chair

302A Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2016
Tuesday & Thursday
1:00 - 3:00
or by appointment

Classes taught

Fall 2016 Courses

ENG 237/800TR11:10-12:30306 Marano CC
ENG 537/800R5:30-8:15322 Marano CC

ENG 237/800-This course will focus on a variety of texts that explore issues of ethnic identity and difference within American (U.S.) culture.  We will begin with a critical examination of the clichéd notion of the United States as a “melting pot” and pose questions that interrogate the nature of  our national identity through texts that critique (and, perhaps to some extent, “celebrate”—however problematically) ethnic and cultural difference in this country. Books for this course might include Danzy Senna, Caucasia, Chandra Prasad (ed.), Mixed, Paul Beatty, The White Boy Shuffle, Percival Everett, Erasure, among others. 

ENG 537/800-This course will focus on a selection of critical and literary texts that explore issues of ethnic identity and difference from a variety of standpoints (e.g., Indian, middle-class African American, second-generation Chinese-American, white, black, mixed, queer, etc.) that subsequently give rise to interrogations into the nature of ethnic identities and to questions concerning relationships of power between different groups of people inside (and outside) the United States. The texts for this course might include an edited collection of critical essays (Henry Louis Gates, Jr., “Race,” Writing, and Difference) and literary works (Percival Everett, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey, Alice Randall, The Wind Done Gone, Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days) among others.