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Introduction to Asian American Literature
ENGL 230
Fall 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 264, CEAS 231

This course introduces students to Asian American literature, literary criticism, and culture by surveying how meanings of "America" have long depended on "Asian America." Conventional understandings of this relationship in U.S. literature and history tend to emphasize Chinese Americans in California, a dark string of Asian exclusion laws, model minority myths, changing patterns in Asian immigration following relaxed immigration restrictions between 1965-68, and the institutionalization of Asian American literature in higher education in the 1970s. We will pay attention to these contexts, but we will also focus on emergent trajectories, including representations of Asian Americans in the South, how writers refigure oral traditions and refugee histories in Southeast Asian American literature, and how global cultures such as breakdancing stage Asian American self-representation. By examining a range of genres and the critical apparatuses that these works have generated, we will explore how representing "Asian America" has shaped the making of American literature.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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