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English (ENGL)

ENGL 428 (US) (AAS 428) Asian American Literatures (3 per semester/maximum of 6) A seminar on the literatures and cultures of Asian America, with attention to forms of geographic, historical, and ethnic diversity.

AAS (ENGL) 428 Asian American Literatures (3 per semester/maximum of 6)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course selectively examines the contemporary major works, authors, and themes of twentieth-century Asian American literature, with particular emphasis on post-1965 literary production. The course aims to give students a sense of the historical development of Asian American literary studies in addition to introducing them to some significant thematic and theoretical issues--of panethnicity and resistance; of memory, desire, and perception; of trauma and diaspora, to name a few possibilities. We will focus primarily on Asian American literatures and cultures within the contexts afforded by the histories of Asians in the United States although there will also be some attention to issues of neocolonialism, globalization, transnationalism, and militarization. Ultimately, this course proposes that the aesthetics of Asian American literature are inseparable from the politics of Asian American experiences. Issues to be discussed will include the rise of the Asian American movement in the 1960s; the emergence of diaspora; strategies for contesting canonicity and cultural authority; different versions of what it means to be an “American;” the intersections of race, class, and conflict; and the relationships between gender, sexuality, and stereotype.

The course introduces students to the diversity of Asian American literary and cultural production. It teaches them how to approach and analyze literature and other kinds of cultural formations as well as how to critically engage with texts through formal written analysis and through oral presentations.

This is an upper-level seminar course with enrollments between 15-35 students. A typical grading breakdown would look something like this:

Essay 1--20%
Attendance/Participation (which includes weekly quizzes and a group book presentation)--20%
Critical Responses--20%
Essay 2--20%
Final Exam/Project--20%

General Education: None
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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