Asian American Popular Culture and Criticism|
Spring 2008 not offered
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 toward a politics of difference. Reading an array of wide-ranging materials in relation to Asian diasporas (Southeast 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 politicocultural project is imagined in Asian-North American cultural productions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Chuh, IMAGINE OTHERWISE (Law/Theory)
Palumbo-Liu, ASIAN/AMERICA (Culture)
Trinh, FRAMER FRAMED(Film)
Okada, NO NO BOY (Literarture)
Dave et al. East Main Street (Popular Culture)
Nguyen, RACE AND RESISTANCE (Literature)
Films: Surname Viet Given Name Nam, Daughter from Danang, Blade, I am the One that I Want
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will submit six 1-page weekly inquiry papers on the assigned reading(s). Groups shall present aspects of the class session┐s reading assignment, distributing a 4-6 page written version and a set of questions to other students. Grades will be based on a 15-page final project, weekly inquiry papers, presentations and active listening and participation in class discussion.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Required film viewings will normally be scheduled on Tuesdays 6:30-7:30.
Previous Ethnic Studies course is suggested. This course meets the English Department┐s theory requirement.
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