AMCULT 324 - Asian American Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This course satisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirement for English Concentrators.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What does it mean to read and interpret Asian American literature?

This course is an introduction to Asian American texts that represent a range of genres: autobiography, poetry, drama, short story, novel, cultural history, stand-up comedy, and cultural criticism. An understanding of their sociohistorical context and political significance is crucial, so occasionally we will pair literary texts with historical and legal texts. Yet the latter also will be treated as “literary” material that relies on the power of rhetoric and figurative language. Generally, we will emphasize the constructed and crafted nature of the texts at hand, a challenging task for all students of literature but perhaps especially when it comes to analyzing literature by U.S. writers of color.

Course requirements: several short responses; an essay topic proposal; two essays; and an exam.

AMCULT 324 - Asian American Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

Please be sure to purchase the correct editions of the books, especially "Seventeen Syllables"-the Revised and Expanded Edition has a full color photograph of a mother AND daughter on the cover. Other readings will be distributed in class or on CTools. Most items will also be placed on Course Reserve.
ISBN: 029595695X
Scent of apples : a collection of stories, Author: by Bienvenido N. Santos., Publisher: Univ. of Washington Pr. 3. print. 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0813529530
Seventeen syllables and other stories, Author: Hisaye Yamamoto; introduction by King-Kok Cheung., Publisher: Rutgers University Press Rev. and e 2005
ISBN: 0295984961
American knees, Author: Shawn Wong ; introduction by Jeffrey F.L. Partridge., Publisher: University of Washington Press 1st Univer 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0393335291
A good Indian wife : a novel, Author: Anne Cherian., Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781885030399
The temperature of this water, Author: by Ishle Yi Park., Publisher: Kaya Press 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0881063363
The ugly vegetables, Author: by Grace Lin., Publisher: Talewinds 1999
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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