Studies in Literature of Cultural and Ethnic Communities in the United States: Asian American Literature

Course Number: ENGL 134AA
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 134AA-ZZ
Quarter: Summer A 2016
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 12:30pm - 1:35pm
Location: GIRV 1119

This course is a survey of Asian American Literature. Studying fiction, essays, and poetry, we will closely read representative texts alongside historical essays. A few of the questions we will consider are: How does the history of Asian America inform the literature and vice versa? What does it mean to be "Asian American"? How do these texts fit into or defy ideas about race, gender, and class on the one hand and classifications of genre, period, and literary style on the other? We will study relationships among these works to uncover how they reflect on, depend on, or revise one another. The goal of this course is to expand your understanding of Asian American literature, and improve your writing, reading, and critical thinking skills in the process.

The authors we will study: Sui Sin Far, John Okada, Edward Said, Maxine Hong Kingston, Erika Lee, Li-Young Lee, Frank Chin, Mae Ngai, Nellie Wong, Mitsuye Yamada, and Tom Modungo.

The films and television we will consider: Nahnatchka Khan’s Fresh off the Boat, David Cronenberg’s M. Butterfly, and Sharon Yamato and Ann Kaneko’s Flicker in Eternity.