Literature of Hawai'i
Professor: Dr. Robin Bott
110 S. Madison Street
Adrian, MI 49221
As a case study of cultural criticism focusing specifically on the cultural history and literature of Native Hawai'ians and the various other ethnic cultures that make up the larger culture of Hawai'i, this course will examine written texts and works in other media detailing various cultural and historical transmissions, transitions, and transformations from the time of the Native Hawai'ian settlers to the missionaries, immigrants, and finally, the current population. Through the literature of Hawai'i, the course will expose you to both individual and group quests for identity. In the diverse, multicultural society of Hawai'i, identity is complicated, fluid, and constantly shifting amidst continual efforts to define, codify, or fix it. In the literature of Hawai'i, Native Hawai'ians and other ethnic groups such as the Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and haoles all assert, define, and refine changing notions of ethnic identity and cultural selves as they and the landscape around them change. We will examine the literature to see how individuals and groups create, contest, and negotiate for a place, an identity, amidst a long tradition of ethnic and cultural tensions in Hawai'i. Through our heightened awareness of the complex social, political, and cultural situations in Hawai'i, we may also recognize the multiple and competing aspects of our own search for self and community.
To acquaint you with the non-Western literature and perspectives of the people of Hawai'i.
To increase your appreciation and understanding of the literature of Hawai'i and of the culture that produced it and was in turn partly produced by it.
To expose you to various types of literary expression, such as ancient oral creation chants and mythologies, missionary journals, songs, poetry and prose of Native Hawai'ian monarchs, literature of Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese immigrants, and the multiculturally influenced poetry, prose and drama of the current popular culture.
To destabilize established notions of Western hegemony.
To have you examine texts within the social and intellectual contexts of Hawai'i.
To improve your writing skills through a series of written assignments.
Hawaiian Mythology, Martha Beckwith
Kumulipo, Martha Beckwith
Hawai'is Story by Hawai'is Queen, Lili'uokalani
All I Asking for is My Body, Murayama
A Small Obligation, Nunes
Growing Up Local: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose from Hawai'i, Chock
The Watcher of Waipuna, Pak
Waimea Summer, Holt
Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary, Pukui
A Writers Reference, 4th ed., Hacker
Grading for this course will be based on (1) attendance, (2) participation/class work, (3) response papers and quizzes, and (4) two 5 page formal papers.
1) Grading will be on a straight percentage. Failure to complete all assignments constitutes failure of the course.
2) You are expected to attend all class meetings on time and prepared to work.
3) All absences will affect your final grade. Arriving more than 5 minutes late to class, leaving class early, falling asleep, reading outside material, or doing homework for another class will constitute an absence. After 6 absences, you will fail the course.
4) Unless otherwise specified, all work is due at the beginning of the class period. I do not accept late work.
5) All written work is to be typed or word processed following the format provided in A Writers Reference. I do not accept handwritten work.
6) I want to establish a comfortable and productive learning environment. Respect for yourselves, your classmates, and me is imperative. Rude or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.
7) Plagiarism is a failing offense. If caught plagiarizing, you will fail this course. Plagiarism is the failure to give credit for the use of material from outside sources. It includes verbatim use of a quote without quotation marks and documentation, submission of a paper prepared by another person as ones own work, using anothers ideas, facts, words, or data and claiming them as your own, and not documenting ideas, facts, words, or data gathered during research. This type of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class. Dont take any chances; if you didnt come up with it on your own, youre plagiarizing. Know that claiming ignorance will not excuse the offense. (See pages 48-49 of the Adrian College Student Handbook for the colleges complete Academic Integrity Policy)
Paper Format for All Written Work
First Page Format
John Smith (your name)
Professor Jane Doe (my name)
English 255 (course number)
March 15, 2000 (todays date)
The Life and Times of Peter Rabbit
When you format your papers for this class, be sure that you use this format for the first page. There should be 1 inch margins all the way around, the title should be centered, the paper should be double spaced throughoutincluding extracted quotations, and there should be no separate title page.
Second and Succeeding Page Format
On the second and succeeding pages, follow this format. Your last name, followed by the page number, should be at the right margin 1/2 inch from the top. Text should begin, as usual, 1 inch from the top, 1/2 inch from your name. This task is easily accomplished with the "Header" function in your word processing program.
Works Cited Page Format
Beckwith, Martha, ed. and trans. The Kumulipo: A Hawaiian Creation Chant. Honolulu: U of Hawai'i P, 1951.
Above is an example of how to do a Works Cited page which goes at the end of your essays. You must include a separate Works Cited page at the end of your work whenever you quote information within your work. The Works Cited title should be centered 1 inch from the top of the page. Your first entry should begin a double-spaced return after the Works Cited title; it should be left justified with the second and succeeding lines of the same entry indented 5 spaces. See A Writers Reference or the most current MLA Handbook for further citation information.
Tentative Reading Schedule:
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