ASIAN 461 - Southeast Asian Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Island Southeast Asia composes a mosaic of cultures that have developed over the course of centuries of wide-ranging global encounters. In the unique literary and performance cultures of modern Indonesia are traces of Indian classics and mystical texts of Islam along with currents of socialist realism, modernism, and postmodernism. Literary art in the islands is often self-consciously political; that is, it is concerned with social criticism and transformation. Many of these Southeast Asian literary texts are brought to life as performance art.

In this seminar we will consider how art and life mutually inform one another in Southeast Asian social and political contexts. We will do this by exploring a variety of Southeast Asian artistic and cultural productions (literature, theater, film). Our perspective will be historical and interdisciplinary.

Course requirements include active engagement in class discussion, several short papers critically examining individual texts or problems, and a final project (10-20 page research paper, 10-15 page critical essay, or, with permission, a performance piece).

ASIAN 461 - Southeast Asian Literature
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001 (SEM)
Th 12:00PM - 3:00PM
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