COMP 128
Reading Asian American Literature
Last Offered Spring 2017
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 128 / COMP 128 / AMST 128
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Though the category and term “Asian American” came about as a result of political struggle in the 1960s, what we now call Asian American writing in English began in the nineteenth century and has played a significant role in every American literary “movement” from Modernism, realism, protest literature to various avant-gardes, the graphic novel, and digital poetries. This writing-intensive course closely reads a sampling of texts in a variety of genres and styles-produced by writers from various Asian American ethnic groups-from the late nineteenth century to the present and contextualizes them historically, both domestically and globally. We will examine the material, cultural, political, and psychic intersections of larger structural forces with individual writers and texts. Along the way, we will interrogate the notion of “Asian American”–its contradictions, heterogeneous nature, and our assumptions–and its relation to the idea of “American.” Some questions we will ask: “Why have Asian Americans and Asian American writers and writing so often been viewed as ‘foreign’ or ‘alien’ to the American body politic and the English-language literary tradition?” “How might Asian American writing be linked to other English-language texts in the Asian diaspora?”
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3026
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: six 2-3 pp. papers, participation (attendance, discussion, GLOW posts), and a final project (the final project is 7-9 pages: either a creative project or an analytical paper)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: prospective AMST or ENGL majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; 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 128 Division I COMP 128 Division II AMST 128 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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