Artifacts of US Empire: Post-Cold War Narratives of Migration and Multiethnic Literature|
Spring 2021 not offered
AMST 263, ENGL 331|
This course focuses on post-cold war literature about migrating to the US. By reading diasporic fiction coming out of and about Indian, Iranian, Cuban, Dominican, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Korean diasporas, students will examine how stories of migrating to the US are noteworthy artifacts of US empire. Importantly, we will question the ways in which these texts are tasked with the work of representing empire, imperialism, trauma, violence, and, for that matter, assimilation, meritocracy, and the US as benevolent nation-state. How do they challenge these expectations? Rescript them? Fall into their alluring traps?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Texts will include work by scholars such as Lisa Lowe, Mae Ngai, José Muñoz, Jodi Melamed, and Moon-Kie Jung, and fiction by Julia Alvarez, Lan Cao, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, Nora Okja Keller, Marjane Satrapi, Gina Apostol, Achy Obejas, Cristina Garcia, and more.
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Assignments will include weekly Moodle responses, 3 short close reading papers, and a final research project.
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