ENGL 287
Topics in Asian American Literature
Last Offered Spring 2008
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 283 / ENGL 287
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course examines a sampling of Asian American texts from the late nineteenth century to the present and contextualizes them historically. Produced by writers from various Asian American groups and in a variety of styles, these works by such writers as Maxine Hong Kingston, Jose Garcia Villa, Younghill Kang, Hisaye Yamamoto, and Linh Dinh, provide a sense of heterogeneity of Asian American literature. They also force us to examine the intersections, material and psychic, of historical events/larger structural forces with individuals and groups. Our readings will prod us to call into question assumptions we make about what is “Asian American” but also, crucially, what is “American.” Both domestic issues (e.g., American politics, racism, links with other minority groups) and global considerations (e.g., U.S. immigration and foreign policies, the three wars with Asian countries in the last century)-and how they have shaped Asian American histories and literatures-will figure importantly in our discussions.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 25
Class#: 3083
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers, one midterm, and class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 283 Division II ENGL 287 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ASST Interdepartmental Electives

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