AMST 219
Introduction to Asian-American Literature Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 219 / AMST 219
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This course introduces Asian American literary tradition in the 20th century and explores its contradictory nature–as aesthetic expression “that cannot repress the material inequalities of its condition and production,” according to Lisa Lowe, and as expressing both claims to and exceeding the boundaries of citizenship and belonging. Our readings and discussions will reflect and keep alive these contradictions, and in this spirit, will examine literary texts–including works by Hisaye Yamamoto, Jessica Hagedorn, Shawn Wong, and Monique Truong, among others–as reflective and constitutive of both socio-historical experiences and an emergent literary tradition. While the literary texts provide the primary grounding for our inquiries, we will also approach them through interdisciplinary lenses and supplement the readings with works in Asian Americanist scholarship from fields like history and sociology.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1899
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short response assignmnets, a final project (in-class presentation) and paper (6-8 pages)
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course or the equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: none
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 219 Division I AMST 219 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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