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LAW
Law, Race & Literature

Law School Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise.

UH Mānoa Catalog Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise. (B) topic 1; (C) topic 2; (D) topic 3; (E) topic 4; (F) topic 5; (G) topic 6; (H) topic 7; (I) topic 8; (J) topic 9; (K) topic 10; (M) topic 11; (N) topic 12; (O) topic 13; (P) topic 14; (Q) topic 15.

Notes

This seminar will examine the treatment in literary texts of the subjects of race, law and justice as part of a broader exploration of the connections between law, and culture. We will consider the ways that both literature and the law address questions of individual morality, crime, identity, racial representation, and the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class and colonization. Readings will include Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, Milton Murayama, Plantation Boy, Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina, and Sahar Khalifeh, Wild Thorns. We will read short stories from Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle, Edward P. Jones, Lost in the City, James Alan McPherson, Crabcakes, Sherman Alexi, Toughest Indian in the World, William Henry Lewis, I Got Somebody in Staunton. We will also read one or two plays and watch two or three movies. A warning: the amount of weekly reading for this course may be more than most law students have come to expect from a law course. I recommend that you read at least two of the novels over the summer before fall classes begin. Additional reading will be well worth the effort – students will find the texts a bit more enjoyable that in some other courses – but students should be aware that this is a seminar and it will not work unless all are prepared for each weekly class. Students will be required to write six short (one or two page) personal reflections responding to the readings and a book review/essay (12- 20 pages) discussing a theme or themes encountered in one or two of the books.

Credit(s) for this CRN

3

Instructor Approval

No

Competition

No

Bar Course

No

Clinical Requirement

No

Textbooks

CEREMONY
Author: Silko
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9780143104919
This book is required.
Year Published: 2006
Publisher: Penguin
Comments: Students are advised to order online
TELL ME A RIDDLE
Author: Olsen
Edition: 7th
ISBN: 9780385290104
This book is required.
Year Published: 1971
Publisher: Delta
Comments: Students are advised to order online
THE BLUEST EYE
Author: Morrison
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 9780307278449
This book is required.
Year Published: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Comments: Students are advised to order online
LOST IN THE CITY
Author: Jones
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9780062193216
This book is required.
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Comments: Students are advised to order online
BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA
Author: Allison
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9780452297753
This book is required.
Year Published: 2012
Publisher: Penguin
Comments: Students are advised to order online
THE TOUGHEST INDIAN IN THE WORLD
Author: Alexie
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 9780802138002
This book is required.
Year Published: 2001
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Comments: Students are advised to order online
THINGS FALL APART
Author: Achebe
Edition: 1994
ISBN: 9780385474542
This book is required.
Year Published: 1994
Publisher: Random House
Comments: Students are advised to order online
BLU’S HANGING
Author: Yamanaka
Edition: 1998
ISBN: 9780380731398
This book is required.
Year Published: 1998
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Comments: Students are advised to order online
A LESSON BEFORE DYING
Author: Gaines
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 9780375702709
This book is required.
Year Published: 1997
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Comments: Students are advised to order online

Exam Information

Take-Home Final Exam
CommentsExam to be distributed via email by appointment 8:00AM-5:00PM, December 12 to 14 and December 16 to 19. Exam due back 24 hours after release time, but no later than December 20, 4:00PM. Return exam via email to Law School Student Services Office, lawexams@hawaii.edu.

Semesters Offered

Instructor(s)

Office Hours

By Appointment

Support Specialist

Kelly-Ann Hernandez

Class Schedule

F
10:00am - 12:30pm

Dates

August 26, 2013 to December 20, 2013

Classroom

Seminar Room 1

Course Reference Number

78198