AMCULT 325 - Pacific Literary and Cultural Studies
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:

This classsatisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirements for English concentrators.

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Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is a course for students who want to develop their abilities in critical and creative reading, thinking, and analysis. It is an interdisciplinary course that navigates film, fiction, poetry, novels and histories in order to engage with some of the critical processes at work in the modern world. From sunlit beaches, swaying palm trees, and happy tourists to tropical rainforest and menacing natives, the islands of the Pacific have been relentlessly depicted. Perhaps more than any other region of the globe, the Pacific has been “experienced” beforehand through the image-making of Hollywood, television, and advertisement. The huge success of films such as Whale Rider, The Piano, Lord of the Rings, and Once Were Warriors builds upon the early images of the region in films such as Blue Hawaii, Mutiny on the Bounty, and South Pacific. This course puts such texts into dialogue with the extensive body of historical and literary representations. What connections and contradictions emerge when we read popular culture in relation to fictional representations by authors such as Hermann Melville and Jack London, and indigenous authors such as Patricia Grace, Albert Wendt, and Keri Hulme? What other histories and experiences are obscured or misrepresented in these popular representations, including the emergence of indigenous self-determination movements, nuclear testing and U.S. military supremacy, and the multi-ethnic societies which emerged as a result of colonization? To answer these questions, we will read texts from a range of perspectives: EuroAmerican authors (Melville, London, Cook), indigenous Pacific islanders (Hulme, Wendt, Grace, Figiel, and Hau’ofa), as well as non-natives (Yamanaka and Murayama). Requirements include quizzes, 7-8 page paper, final exam, and presentation.

AMCULT 325 - Pacific Literary and Cultural Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
30389
Open
7
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill
ISBN: 9780140434880
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life., Publisher: Penguin Books 1996
Required
ISBN: 9780824817060
Potiki, Author: Grace, Patricia., Publisher: Univ. of Hawai'i Press 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780824811723
All I asking for is my body, Author: Murayama, Milton., Publisher: University of Hawaii Press 1988
Required
ISBN: 9780449206522
Tales of the South Pacific, Author: Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1977., Publisher: Fawcett 1973
Required
ISBN: 9780824815943
Tales of the Tikongs, Author: Hau?ofa, Epeli., Publisher: University of Hawaii Press 1994
Required
ISBN: 9780152050177
The whale rider, Author: Ihimaera, Witi Tame, 1944-, Publisher: Harcourt 2003
Required
ISBN: 9780975937600
A drag queen named pipi, and other poems, Author: McMullin, Dan Taulapapa., Publisher: Tinfish Press 2004
Required
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