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Topics in English Literature: Asian American Fictions: Space, Place, & the Makings of Asian America

Comparative Literature 313A - Spring 2020

What do we mean when we say "Asian American"? What about "Asian America"? The answers to these questions are not as simple as they seem. The term "Asian American" is a relatively new invention meant to signify an imagined nation of highly diverse ethnic communities with disparate cultural histories. In other words, "Asian American" and "Asian America" are fictions. As fictions, what can they teach us about the formation of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, cultural belonging, identity, and nationhood? This course introduces students to twentieth- and twenty-first century Asian American literatures and orients these fictional narratives in relation to geopolitical formations such as the ethnic enclave, the nation, the hemisphere, the transpacific, and the world. We will engage key concepts in Asian American literary studies such as racialization, stereotyping, generationality, immigration, transnationalism, globalization, diaspora, and refugeeism. Authors may include Jade Snow Wong, Maxine Hong Kingston, Frank Chin, John Okada, Miné Okubo, Julie Otsuka, Don Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Peter Bacho, Nam Le, Mohsin Hamid, Ocean Vuong, and Ted Chiang. Satisfies the Twenthieth Century and later requirement.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUMEL TC

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Topics in English Literature: Asian American Fictions: Space, Place, & the Makings of Asian America
INSTRUCTOR: Tabares
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