AMCULT 498 - Humanities Approaches to American Culture
Section: 001 Literature of Hawaii
Term: FA 2013
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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As its literature attests, Hawai‘i is simultaneously the uniquely multicultural fiftieth state of the Union, a colonial outpost, and the disputed sovereign nation of native Hawaiians. As might be expected, the literature of Hawai‘i is a highly contested terrain ranging from works by native Hawaiian writers, “local” writers, and works by “foreigners.” This course allows students to read and study the literary and oral traditions of Hawai‘i, including works by writers of native Hawaiian, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Filipino, and Korean descent, through competing paradigms which place Hawaii’s literatures and cultures within the historical, social, and political contexts of western imperial expansion, globalization, Asian American literature, and the native Hawaiian movement toward autonomy and self-determination. The literatures of Hawai‘i have been and can be read through these frameworks as well as how they also problematize and contest these categories. We will examine dominant representations of the islands by Melville, London and Twain as well as contestatory representations by “local” writers such as Balaz, Holt, Trask, Murayama, Pak, Yamanaka, Zamora Linmark and Cobb Keller. The course will also contextualize these authors within the broader critical paradigms of mainland Asian American literature as well as Pacific Island literatures.

AMCULT 498 - Humanities Approaches to American Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
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ISBN: 9780804810661
Hawaii's story, Author: Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917., Publisher: C.E. Tuttle Co 1972
ISBN: 9780960754298
The true story of Kaluaikoolau, Author: Kaluaikoolau, Piilani., Publisher: Kauai Historical Society 2001
ISBN: 0962310271
Storied landscapes : Hawaiian literature & place, Author: Dennis Kawaharada., Publisher: Kalamak? Press 1999
ISBN: 9783842442665
House of pride, and other tales of hawaii., Author: London, Jack, Publisher: Tredition Gmbh 2011
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780824811723
All I asking for is my body, Author: Murayama, Milton., Publisher: University of Hawaii Press 1988
ISBN: 0982165625
Daughters of fire, Author: Peek, Thomas R., Publisher: Koa Books 2012
ISBN: 9780374114992
Blu's hanging, Author: Yamanaka, Lois-Ann, 1961-, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1997
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