Section 2: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00-2:50 PM

Professor: Maria Staton

This class will teach you how to become more confident about reading and enjoying fiction.  We will focus on the theme “diversity in literature” and discuss short stories, novels, and poetry written by contemporary diaspora authors, primarily  of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian origins. The titles will include The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  We will learn about the various elements that shape the way we read texts – structure, narrative voice, character development, historical and cultural allusions, and visual representations, such as illustrations and graphic panels. Since much of our critical thinking happens while we share ideas with one another, this class is structured as a series of interactive workshops and discussions. Ultimately we will learn not only about the diversity of the “other,” but also about the diversity among ourselves.
The class satisfies the Tier I (Humanities and Fine Arts) requirement for the University Core Curriculum Program.  It is designed for students who are not majoring in English.