WOMENSTD 344 - Special Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
Section: 001 Gender, Sexuality, Race, and Imperialism in Asian American Culture Production
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
WOMENSTD 240.
Other Course Info:
(Gender, Culture, and Representation).
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Literature, film, and drama have often been the sites where tensions among different ethnic and racial groups in the United States are resolved, exaggerated, or transfigured. We will survey in this course the representations of and by Asian American subjects in U.S. culture since the nineteenth century. More specifically, we will explore the ways in which the cultural and literary production arising out of the contradictions of U.S. democracy "displace," in the words of cultural critic Lisa Lowe, "the fiction of reconciliation" — the ways in which the cultural productions of Asian America "disrupt the myth of national identity by revealing its gaps and fissures." We will study the ways in which Asian American literature, film and drama serve a political function, not only for the ethnic or racial group it embodies or represents, but also for the larger body national politic it threatens, constitutes, and sustains. While attending to this often counterhegemonic or "resistant" function of some Asian American cultural production, we shall also examine how some of these cultural products, even as they render a critique of hegemonic norms, instantiate others. To that end, we shall pay particularly close attention to the categories of gender and sexuality that comprise the heterogeneity and multiplicity of Asian America. Readings in the course may include novels, plays, poems, films, advertisements, musicals, historical documents, and scholarly articles.

WOMENSTD 344 - Special Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
33363
Open
9
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with English 314-001 and Amcult 301-012.
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