Introduction to Asian American Literature|
Spring 2021 not offered
AMST 264, CEAS 231|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Asian American Studies|
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 US literature and history tend to emphasize Chinese Americans in California, Asian exclusion laws, model minority myths, changing patterns in Asian immigration following relaxed restrictions between 1965-68, and the institutionalization of Asian American studies 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, critical refugee studies, 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 culture.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lit&Cult)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Carlos Bulosan, America is in the Heart
Frank Chin, The Chickencoop Chinaman
Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly
Joy Kogawa, Obasan
Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life
Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats
Karen Tei Yamashita, Through the Arc of the Rainforest
*Additional readings available as library E-Reserves
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Attendance and active participation; shorter writing assignments; midterm; longer final paper; presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course meets the Literature of Difference major requirement and contributes to the American Literature and Race & Ethnicity concentrations for the English major.
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