AMST 219
Introduction to Asian American Literature Spring 2015
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 219 / AMST 219
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Asian people have been living in what is now called the US since before the founding of the nation, and there is a significant body of literature written by Asian Americans from at least the 19th century, with the rise of transpacific migration on a large scale. Yet the history of something called “Asian American literature” begins with the revolutionary movements of the late 1960s, and has been reimagined in dramatically different ways over the subsequent decades. In this course, we’ll read some of the major texts on which various concepts of Asian American literature have been grounded, along with others that complicate the category in useful ways. Readings may include works by Carlos Bulosan, Shawn Wong, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Jessica Hagedorn, Hisaye Yamamoto, José Garcia Villa, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, HT Tsiang, Linh Dinh, Amitava Kumar, Cynthia Kadohata, Sesshu Foster, and Lynda Barry.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3565
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation, frequent short writing assignments, a midterm exam and a final project
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English and American Studies majors
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
ASAM Core Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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