ENGL 128
Reading Asian American Literature Spring 2017 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as ENGL128 / COMP128 / AMST128
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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: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3025
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 Preference: prospective AMST or ENGL majors
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives;

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