This Gateway is for students who want an opportunity to explore some of the wonderful fiction and creative nonfiction written by Asian American writers over the past hundred years. Likely readings include: Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart (1946); John Okada’s No-No Boy (1957); Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior (1976); Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker (1995); Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies (1999); lê thi diem thúy’s The Gangster We are All Looking For (2003); Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being (2013); and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You (2014). As we read, we will attend to the various ways in which the often difficult, and sometimes traumatic, historical experiences of Asian Americans have informed their acts of literary invention. And in order to better understand the broader, ever shifting, social contexts in and against which these literary works were created, we will supplement our primary readings with texts that discuss the experiences of Asian Americans from a historical and sociological perspective.
The Class: Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers totaling about 20 pages; engaged participation in class discussions
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: Four 5-page essays in multiple drafts. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses