ENGL 217 Spring 2015 Experimental Asian American Writing

Cross Listed as COMP215, AMST215
Asian American literature did not begin in the 1980s with Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club. Nor has the writing primarily been confined to autobiographical accounts of generational conflict, divided identities, and glimpses of Chinatown families. Asian American literature in English began with poetry in the late nineteenth century, and has encompassed a variety of aesthetic styles across the last century--from Modernism to New York School poetry to protest poetry to digital poetics. This course will explore Asian American writings that have pushed formal (and political) boundaries in the past 100+ years, with a particular focus on avant-garde writers working today. We will look at such authors as Jose Garcia Villa, Chuang Hua, Wong May, Theresa H., Cha, John Yau, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Tan Lin, Prageeta Sharma, Bhanu Kapil, and Tao Lin.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: papers (6-8 pp. and 10-12 pp.) plus in-class presentation, brief response papers, and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: if the course is over-enrolled, preference will be given to American Studies majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,ASAM Core Courses
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3042
ENGL 217 - 01 (S) SEM Expmtl Asian American Writing Division 1: Languages and the Arts Dorothy J. Wang
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Hopkins Hall 105 3042
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