- Course Number: ENGL 265TC
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- Quarter: Fall 2023
Drawing from theories of literature and the environment and Asian American and Pacific Islander cultural studies, this course explores literary and visual representations of transpacific environments to investigate how ecosystems and human-nonhuman relationships are shaped by structures of race and empire. How can we understand Asian and Pacific Islander racialization and environmental threat as connected through histories of racism, colonialism, and extractive capitalism? How do Asian diasporic and Pacific Islander writers imagine precarious futures and sustainable relationships with nonhuman worlds? We will also engage solidarities and incommensurabilities across Asian American and Pacific Islander thought, recognizing that Indigenous Pacific genealogies have long imagined deep alliances with the more-than-human environment. Course texts will span across multiple genres and may include foundational essays from the literature and environment reading list, recent scholarly monographs, special issues, anthologies, poetry, fiction, and visual art. Students will draft a final paper that may be revised into a future conference presentation, article submission, or dissertation chapter.