Wanta Be An Audience Member in My Fall Course?
|"Dallas" from Kiyoshi Inoue|
What's the Course About?
The course supports the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' M.A. in Narrative Studies degree at ASU. It's an ASU Sync course that is offered on our Polytechnic Campus, but because there are only a few students and all felt uneasy about coming to campus during a pandemic (as do I), we decided to conduct our weekly meetings by Zoom only. This made the audience option available for us. The course description from our syllabus states:
Welcome to English 509, Decolonizing Dominant U.S. Narratives! This course will explore and practice ways that dominant and non-dominant narratives are written and represent various people in the U.S. from different social formations (e.g. gender, race, class, geographic location, etc.), focusing on how those narratives are structured, what they appeal to in various audiences, and what (or who) they leave out. We’ll look more closely at two instances of U.S. narratives, the narratives around the U.S. as a growing nation in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and narratives around Black men in the U.S. Along the way, we’ll build and explore narratives of our own. All the work you do in this course will contribute to a culminating narrative that speaks to some aspect(s) of you that you are willing to share with the class.
Our course learning goals are what I use to design the labors of the course. Here's how I've described them on the syllabus:
Throughout this course, a successful student will:
- Gain an understanding of decolonial and related theory (e.g. counterstories, rhetoric, and writing as ontological practice) and apply it to U.S. narratives;
- Engage with and critique various narratives using the theories discussed in the course readings;
- Draft their (the student’s) own narrative that engages with the theories of the course;
- Reflect meaningfully on their (the student’s) own narrative and the semester-long process of drafting it.
- Berger, Maurice, White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1999), ISBN: 978-0374527150.
- Cleaver, Eldridge, Soul on Ice (Delta, 1968/1999), ISBN: 978-0385333795.
- Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Beacon Press, 2014), ISBN: 978-0807057834.
- King, Thomas, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (U of Minnesota Press, 2003), ISBN: 978-0816646272.
- Martinez, Aja, Counterstory: The Rhetoric and Writing of Critical Race Theory (CCCC/NCTE, 2020), ISBN: 978-0814108789.
- Urschel, John, and Louisa Thomas, Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football (Penguin, 2019), ISBN: 978-0735224865.
- Yagelski, Robert. Writing as a Way of Being: Writing Instruction, Nonduality, and the Crisis of Sustainability (Hampton Press, 2011), ISBN: 978-1612890579.
- Several articles and book chapters I’ll provide electronically.