Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Asian American Studies, Caribbean Studies Minor|
The South Asian diaspora spans the world; communities are located in Africa, the Middle East, England, North and South America, and the Caribbean, as well as Southeast Asia. Using novels, poems, short stories, and film, as well as scholarship on history, this course will focus upon the literary and cultural production of the South Asian diaspora in the Americas, focusing especially on the United States. We will examine the conditions of historical arrival and identity-making under shifting regimes of politics, economics, and culture. What does being in the United States mean for the claiming of "Indian" and "American" identities, and how is this inflected by relationships with other ethnic or racial communities? The relationship with an often romanticized "India" is a central question, expressed through the concepts of diaspora, exile, and transnationalism. Consequently, what are the conditions of "authenticity," and of cultural authority? What aesthetic forms, questions, and issues express or preoccupy the artists of the South Asian American community?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CBST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(FGSS)(SAST-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
THE NAMESAKE, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, CALL ME ISHMAEL, FASHIONING THE DIASPORA, MEMBERS ONLY, THE GOLDDIGGERS. PLEASE CHECK WITH R.J. JULIA, AS READINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays, midterm and final exam
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements: LH3, WL, AL, elective.
|Instructor(s): Karamcheti,Indira Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK414; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 5||SO: 5||FR: 3|
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