ENGLISH 381 - Asian American Literature
Section: 001
Term: WN 2012
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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We will survey in this course the representations of and by Asian / Pacific Islander American (APIA) subjects in U.S. literature, film, and drama since the late nineteenth century. More specifically, we will explore the ways in which APIA cultural and literary forms, arising out of the contradictions of U.S. democracy “displace,” in the words of Lisa Lowe, “the fiction of reconciliation” — the ways in which the literatures of Asian America “disrupt the myth of national identity by revealing its gaps and fissures.”

This course considers how APIA cultural production holds 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. We shall also pay particularly close attention to the categories of gender, sexuality, class that comprise the heterogeneity and multiplicity of Asian / Pacific Islander America.

Texts in the course may include novels, plays, poems, films, advertisements, blogs, musicals, historical documents, and scholarly articles.

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ENGLISH 381 - Asian American Literature
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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