The American Pacific|
Spring 2015 not offered
"The United States," says historian Bruce Cumings, "is the only great power with long Atlantic and Pacific coasts, making it simultaneously an Atlantic and a Pacific nation." Yet, as he argues, understandings of America often favor the Atlantic over the perceived wildness and amalgam of the Pacific. This course explores the evolution of American literature and history by taking representations of Asia and Asian America as starting points. We will explore how these representations have long mediated a range of national issues, with a focus on the following three: slavery and freedom, U.S. exceptionalism, and assertions of multicultural America. To facilitate a comparative and cross-cultural approach, we will explore a range of genres and perspectives, including the works of Denis Johnson, Dorothea Lange, Lysley Tenorio, Mark Twain, and Karen Tei Yamashita.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Texts include works by Denis Johnson, Dorothea Lange, Lysley Tenorio, Mark Twain, and Karen Tei Yamashita; Enter the Dragon; and texts about post-Katrina New Orleans.
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Attendance and active class participation; midterm; shorter to longer papers; presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement of the English major and contributes to the fulfillment of the American Literature and Race & Ethnicity concentrations.
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