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Asian American Popular Culture and Criticism
ENGL 299
Spring 2007
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: EAST 299, AMST 299

From kung-fu kicks and samurai swords to trash talking Margaret Cho and underground raves, Asian America and icons of Asian-ness reach far into the American cultural psyche. This seminar will survey and read closely recent Asian American Studies scholarship on culture, film, law and literature to interrogate how these works theorize and offer alternative paradigms to the cultural and political coalition called Asian America. We will apply these theories to literary and filmic texts by and about Asian Americans to ask how such theories help us reconceptualize difference, nationhood, and citizenship towards a politics of difference. Reading an array of wide-ranging materials in relation to Asian diasporas (South East Asian and East Asian), this course examines the place of the United States, and "America" in a larger global framework paying close attention to the ways in which Asia haunts the American imagination and conversely, how "Asian America" as a politico-cultural project is imagined in Asian-North American cultural productions.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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