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LITERATURE OF OCEANIA

English 257C (cross-listed as Pacific Studies 257W)

Spring 2003

 

“…I understand that we are islands

because of the ocean

I understand that the ocean

has the power to separate and unite us

I     want     to    be    an    ocean  !

~Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

·     Instructor: Michelle M. Kamakanoenoe Tupou

·     Class Times & Locations: Mon & Wed 10:45am-12:00pm in Manele 104

·     Office: Manono 114

·     Office Hours: Monday & Wednesdays  9:00-10:30am or by Appointment

·     Phone: 528-5292 (home) {Please only leave messages at the home number}

·     Email:mtupou@hawaii.edu

 

COURSE TEXTS & SUPPLIES:

v     Figiel, Sia. 1999. Where We Once Belonged Kaya Press, New York, NY.

v     Hau’ofa, Epeli. 1983. Tales of the Tikongs Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawai’i Press.

v     Hereniko, Vilsoni & Teaiwa, Teresia. 1994. Last Virgin in Paradise Suva, Fiji. Mana Publications.

v     Wendt, Albert (editor). 1995. Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980 Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawai’i Press.

v     McMullin, Dan. 2002. One Story Magazine: Issue 10 New York, NY. will be made available for students to purchase during the semester from instructor directly.

v     Additional readings will be handed out in class or may need to be downloaded from the World Wide Web.

v     A Writing Journal : May take any number of forms (bound journal, loose leaf paper in a binder, sketch pad, composition book, steno pad, whatever)  I would however like you to be able to incorporate handouts and perhaps other items into your journal later (you can paste, attach or three ring bind them).

 

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 160 or ESL 100 with a grade of “C” or higher.

 

Recommended Preparation: Completion of HAWST 107 with a grade of “C” or higher.

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course introduces students to some significant works of contemporary literature written primarily by indigenous Pacific islanders.  Works include those of writers from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tonga, Rotuma, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu,  Papua New Guinea and Samoa. Students will focus on the interaction between and among people from across Oceania through these works.  Themes such as place and identity, cultural norms and ideals, and responses to change: assimilation, alienation, and issues of nationalistic movements in Oceania will be discussed.

 

Goals: By the end of the course students will be expected to:

Ø      Express opinions and responses to literature clearly and effectively in writing.

Ø      Demonstrate knowledge of some of the authors of 19th and 20th century in the Pacific, from a range of ethnic and cultural groups.

Ø      Recognize the universality in human experience, as well as the qualities that make a particular ethnic or cultural group distinct.

Ø      Recognize the diversity of literary opinions, conflict and commonality in relationship to cross-cultural perspectives in Oceania.

 

GRADING:

Your semester grade is based on the total number of points you earn from the following totals:

 

Assignment

Points per assignment

Total possible points

Presentation & Paper

30 points

30 points

3 Writing Assignments

25 points each

  75 points

Journal/Response Notebooks collected twice

35 points at each collection

  70 points

5 Pop Quizzes

10 points each

  50 points

Class Participation

20 points

  20 points

Attendance

  5 points

    5 points

 

 

250 points

 

A = 250-225         B = 224-200           C = 199-175           D = 174-150             F = 149 >

 

PRESENTATION & PAPER:

We will be having guest speakers come to our class .  These speakers are the authors of the books you will be reading.  So that we can prepare for their arrival to our class, I would like students to become the “expert” on the author’s lives; who they are, where they are from, their accomplishments, etc. 

As such, you will be required to give a presentation to the class  relaying the information you researched about the author you are assigned.  Exact requirements, presentation dates, as well as author assignments  will be explained on one of the first few days of class. 

You will also turn in a 2-page paper (minimum) paper on your presentation topic due on the date of your presentation.  As with all assignments, you should make sure that your ideas are clearly thought out and are well supported. 

The paper should be double-spaced with one-inch margins  in a standard font of a normal size (10-12).  Due to the wonders of modern word processing, I expect spelling and grammar to be correct including any Hawaiian/Polynesian as well.  I will not be accepting any late papers nor will there be make-ups for missed presentation dates!  As with any course at the tertiary level, plagiarism (see policy below) will not be tolerated and any incidences will be reported to the Dean.  I want to hear about your thoughts, experiences, and perspectives, not someone else’s.

 

WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:

            Three writing assignments will be given throughout the course and will be explained prior to each due date.  In each assignment however, you should make sure that your ideas are clearly thought out and are well supported. 

The assignment will be double-spaced with one-inch margins in a standard font of a normal size (10-12).  Due to the wonders of modern word processing, I expect spelling and grammar to be correct including any Hawaiian/Polynesian as well.  I will not be accepting any late papers!  As with any course at the tertiary level, plagiarism (see policy below) will not be tolerated and any incidences will be reported to the Dean.  I want to hear about your thoughts, experiences, and perspectives, not someone else’s.

 

JOURNALS OR RESPONSE NOTEBOOKS:

As part of the requirements for this course, you will keep a Journal or Response Notebook in which you will explore your responses to assignments, questions or problems that will be given to you in class. 

The Journals or Response Notebooks will be collected two (2) times during the semester.  At that point you will be graded on two points; first, that you have the correct number of entries and secondly, you will choose 3 pages you would like me to read and I will grade them on how well they addressed the assigned question etc.  I will not be accepting any journals late! 

 

POP QUIZZES:

Pop quizzes are a way for me to make sure that you are doing the readings and are coming to class.  Five pop quizzes will be given at random at the beginning of the class period and will cover the videos, lectures or readings assigned prior to that day.  There will be no make-ups for missed pop quizzes.

 

EXTRA CREDIT:

            Extra credit (worth 1-5 points) will be given occasionally throughout the semester.  A one (1) page paper will be written based on certain events having to do with Oceanic Literature, Performances, Readings, Lectures, Film and/or Theatre.   Papers will be due by the last day of class.

 

CLASS PARTICIPATION:

Because this class follows a workshop format, your participation, input and smiling face are important to the overall success of this course.  You will be expected to participate in all class activities in a manner informed by respect for others, including those with views that may be different than your own.  You will also be expected to lead an assigned class discussion as well as be prepared to possibly respond directly about the assigned readings.

 

ATTENDANCE:

            Attendance in-class in mandatory.  You cannot learn or participate if you are not in class. If you have a valid reason for being absent from class, on a day with a scheduled assignment due, please notify me in advance and we can arrange a time to turn it in.  It is your responsibility to get any notes or handouts from the days you miss class.  A sign in sheet will be circulated in class; it is your responsibility to sign in at every class period.  Attendance will be considered when determining final overall course grades.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS:

            If at any time you have questions about the assignments, this syllabus, or any material covered in the course, please ask.  If you need additional help, tutoring, or just a bit of encouragement or moral support, please contact me. 

Pagers/Cellular Phones & Pagers:

Please turn off, or put on vibrate, all pagers and cellular phones.  You need to focus on what is being presented in class.

Disability Access Statement:

            Extended time in a distraction-free environment is an appropriate accommodation based on a student’s disability.  If you do have a disability and have not disclosed the nature of your disability and the support you need, you are invited to contact the Special Student Services Office, 734-9552, ‘Ilima 105.

Plagiarism Policy:

“Plagiarism includes but is not limited to submitting any document, to satisfy an academic requirement, that has been copied in whole or part from another individual’s work without identifying that individual; neglecting to identify as a quotation a documented idea that has not been assimilated into the student’s language and style, or paraphrasing a passage so closely that the reader is misled as to the source; submitting the same written or oral material in more than one course without obtaining authorization from the instructors involved.”  Taken from KCC Catalog.  Please refer to the Catalog for details on other Policies that affect the campus and classroom.

Final Grades:

If you would like to get your final grade prior to the report card, you must give me a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  I am not allowed to give grades over the phone or via email.

 

SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT INSTUCTOR’S DISCRETION


LECTURE AND ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE

 

Date

Class Topic

 

M 1/13

Syllabus Review & Course Introduction

 

W 1/15

You know the song….”Getting to know youuuu…”

 

M 1/20

HOLIDAY: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

 

W 1/22

Oceania & Literature Overview

 

M 1/27

PRESENTATION (Hereniko/Rotuma)

Last Virgin in Paradise

 

W 1/29

Last Virgin in Paradise

 

M 2/3

Last Virgin in Paradise

 

W 2/5

GUEST SPEAKER: Vilsoni Hereniko

 

M 2/10

PRESENTATIONS (Wendt~Samoa/New Zealand)

 

W 2/12

Video: Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree

 

M 2/17

CLASS CANCELLED: INSTRUCTOR OUT OF TOWN

 

W 2/19

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE

GUEST SPEAKER: Fata Simanu-Klutz

 

M 2/24

PRESENTATIONS (Kneubuhl, Sinavaiana & Petaia~Samoa)

 

W 2/26

PRESENTATION (Thaman/Tonga & Hau’ofa/Tonga/Fiji)

Tales of the Tikongs

 

M 3/3

Tales of the Tikongs

 

W 3/5

Tales of the Tikongs

 

M 3/10

PRESENTATION (McMullin/Samoa)

The Death of Vae

 

W 3/12

The Death of Vae

 

M 3/17

The Death of Vae

 

W 3/19

JOURNAL/RESPONSE NOTEBOOKS COLLECTED

GUEST SPEAKER: Dan McMullin

 

M 3/24 W 3/26

 

 

HOLIDAY: SPRING RECESS

M 3/31

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE

PRESENTATIONS (Duff & Ihimaera/ New Zealand)

 

W 4/2

PRESENTATIONS (Grace, Hulme & Tuwhare / New Zealand)

 

M 4/7

PRESENTATIONS (Campbell/Cook Islands & Pule/Niue)

 

W 4/9

PRESENTATION (Figiel/Samoa)

Where We Once Belonged

 

M 4/14

Where We Once Belonged

 

W 4/16

Where We Once Belonged

 

M 4/21

Where We Once Belonged

 

W 4/23

Where We Once Belonged

 

M 4/28

GUEST SPEAKER: Sia Figiel

 

W 4/30

JOURNAL/RESPONSE NOTEBOOKS COLLECTED

WRITING ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE

PRESENTATION (Teaiwa/Banaba/Fiji)

 

M 5/5

PRESENTATIONS (Wan Smol Bag Theatre & Molisa/Vanuatu)

 

W 5/7

Wrap up

 

 


Grading Tally Sheet

LITERATURE OF OCEANIA

English 257C (cross-listed as Pacific Studies 257W)

Spring 2003

 

Assignment

Due Date

Possible

Points

Points Received

Presentation & Paper

To be assigned individually

 

 

30 points

________points

Journal/Response Notebook Collection 1

 

 

35 points

________points

Writing Assignment #1

 

25 points

________points

Writing Assignment #2

 

25 points

________points

Journal/Response Notebook Collection 2

 

 

35 points

________points

Writing Assignment #3

 

25 points

________points

Pop Quiz #1

---

10 points

________points

Pop Quiz #2

---

10 points

________points

Pop Quiz #3

---

10 points

________points

Pop Quiz #4

---

10 points

________points

Pop Quiz #5

---

10 points

________points

Class Participation

---

20 points

________points

Attendance

---

 5 points

________points

 

TOTAL POINTS

 

 

 

250 points

 

________points

A = 250-225         B = 224-200           C = 199-175           D = 174-150             F = 149 >

Upload: 04/11/2003


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