COMP 128
Reading Asian American Literature
Last Offered Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed AMST 128 / ENGL 128
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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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 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#: 3009
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)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: prospective AMST or ENGL majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 128 Division II ENGL 128 Division I COMP 128 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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