COMP 303
Cities of the Anglophone Chinese Imagination
Last Offered Spring 2012
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENGL 374 / ASST 305 / AMST 305 / COMP 303
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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The current academic vogue for the “diasporic” and the “transnational” has shifted the emphasis away from viewing ethnic literatures solely, or primarily, as minority national literatures and towards reading them more “globally.” Such a re-framing, while potentially exciting, raises new questions. For example, what exactly is shared by subjects in a given diaspora? Does the term “diaspora” necessarily invoke the specter of racial essentialism? What happens to concepts of of race, racialization and racism when one moves away from local and national politics? Is the idea of a diasporic subject much less vexing than the idea of a racially minoritized person? How important a role does the shared English language play in these diasporas? In this course, we will look at the works of a specific diasporic literary group, English-language writers of Chinese descent, living in England, former British settler colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia) and other sites in Asia formerly colonized by the British. We will consider how geographic sites function as material spaces and places of the imagination and how the English language is itself a material and imaginary space.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 17
Expected: 10
Class#: 3260
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on one 5- to 7-page paper, one 8- to 10-page paper, short response papers, participation
Prerequisites: those taking this as an ENGL class must have previously taken a 100-level ENGL course
Enrollment Preferences: American Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or ASST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 374 Division II ASST 305 Division II AMST 305 Division II COMP 303 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Space and Place Electives

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