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Asian American Literature and Its Discontents
ENGL 243
Fall 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 244, FGSS 346

What is so Asian American about Asian American literature? The course will survey Asian American literature from its emergence as first anthologized in Aiiieeee (1974) fueled by the Yellow Power Movement to the various cultural and literary challenges since then posed in terms of gender, sexuality, and colonialism. The class will give a brief overview of Asian American history in the 19th and 20th centuries to contextualize the two centuries of Asian American writing in the United States and how themes have evolved and been challenged through the 21st century. The class will develop close reading skills to interrogate literary (traditional and experimental novels) and filmic texts (melodrama and musical) by and about Asian/Asian Americans to raise questions about form, aesthetics, and the literary market as they relate to the larger project of Asian American studies. These texts offer not only different ways of understanding sexuality, gender, migration, and ethnicity, but also challenge how we ask ethical questions of texts and how we read literature.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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