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LIT 276 (01)
"Spring," 1997

Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard
Department of English
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1733 Donnagho Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-3046, Fax (808) 956-3083
Email: sinavaia@hawaii.edu

COURSE SYLLABUS

Weeks 1-3: ORIGINS---LEGEND & MYTHOLOGY (Oral Tradition)

Week #1, January 28 & 30
Introduction to course; diagnostic writing sample; handout: "The Destructive Goddess" (Pele/Hawai'i) and "Land & Sea" (creation myth/Samoa); relevance of literature/critical perspectives

Week #2, February 4 & 6
-Tues.: summary–Pacific cultural history; oral tradition: mythology & the origins of literature
-Thurs.: Introduction to mythology; elements of literature; plot, character, motif;
- Discussion of handouts #1: "Pele, the Destructive Goddess," "Land & Sea," creation myth.
-Lecture on creation & origin myths & legends.
*Assignment: bring in an Oceanic myth;

Week #3, Feb. 11 & 13
-Tues.: Storytelling exercise---each person tells their legend or myth to the class.
-Thurs.: myth workshop (class split into workgroups of 3-4, sharing their myths or legends & analyzing them for similarities in structure, content, etc.)
-Discussion & "conclusions"
-TAKE HOME EXAM: Legend & Mythology

Weeks 4-12: THE PRESENT---"Howzit. brah?" "Eh. sistah!"
Week #4,
Feb. 18 & 20 (Plot)
-FILM: "The Contest," Justine & Paul Simei-Barton, Aotearoa/NZ
Handout: The Contest (excerpts from the play)
-FILM: "The Contest" Discussion.
Handout: "The Contest," (poem), Albert Wendt (Samoa)

Week #5, Feb. 25 & 27
The Contest: play & poem; discussion.
Handout: short story, Sia Figiel (Samoa)

Week #6, March 4 & 6
-Short story, Sia Figiel; discussion.
Handouts: "worldview", & discussion
"Letters from Whetu," Patricia Grace (Aotearoa)
-"Letters..." discussion
Handout: "Boat Girl," Florence Syme-Buchanan, Rarotonga

Week #7, March 11 & 13
-"Boat Girl" discussion.
-"Tower of Babel," Epeli Hau'ofa (Tonga)
MIDTERM EXAM

Week #8, March 18 & 20
FILM: ONCE WERE WARRIORS, Alan Duff (Aotearoa)
Handout: Once Were Warrjors, excerpts from the novel

Week #9, March 25 & 27
Once Were Warriors discussion: film vs book?

Week #10, April 1 & 3
-FILM: THE TRIBUNAL (Hawaiian sovereignty and land issues)
Handout:. "The Journey," Patricia Grace
-Discussion: "worldview"
Handout: Think of a Garden, John Kneubuhl (Samoa)

Week #11, April 8 & 10
-Think of a Garden discussion
Handout: The Last Virgin in Paradise, Vilsoni Hereniko (Rotuma/Fiji), Teresia Teaiwa (Kiribas/Fiji/U.S.)

Week #12, April 15 & 17
-The Last Virgin in Paradise discussion
-April 17: FLAG DAY HOLIDAY
*TAKE HOME EXAM

WEEKS 13-15---VISIONS: POETIC VOICES

Week 13, April 22 & 24
-Grace Molisa (Vanuatu), Jully Makini (Solomons), Lois Ann Yamanaka (Japanese-Hawaiian)
-Hone Tuwhare (Tonga), Sampson Ngwele (Vanuatu)

Week #14, April 29 & May 1
-ORAL REPORTS DUE

Week #15, May 6 & 8
-Clara Reid, Eti Saaga, Tasi Malifa (Samoa)
-FILM: THE ART OF COMMUNITY, and poetry, Caroline Sinavaiana (Samoa/U.S.)

Week #16, May 13 & 15
-TUES.: LAST DAY OF CLASS
-THURS.: FINAL EXAM

Week #17, May 20 & 22
-TUES. :FINAL EXAMS DUE
-THURS.: DEADLINE---LATE ASSIGNMENTS

[Subject: Literature; Pacific/Comparative]



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