E 314V l 2-Asian American Literature and Culture
Instructor: Lederman, E
Unique #: 34664
Semester: Fall 2016
Cross-lists: AAS 314
Computer Instruction: No
Prerequisites: One of the following: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.
Description: As a worldwide refugee crisis continues, hateful rhetoric in the US is directed toward recent and potential immigrants, despite immigration’s central role in the nation’s identity. Considering contemporary and historical debates about immigration through the lens of 20th and 21st century Asian American novels and short stories, this course will focus on conceptions of nationhood, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality, and ask the following questions: What has it—and does it—mean to be “Asian American”? How does Asian American literature navigate oppression, politics, and culture?
The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines. They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities. Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.
This course contains a writing flag. The writing assignments in this course are arranged procedurally with a focus on invention, development through instructor and peer feedback, and revision; they will comprise a major part of the final grade.
Tentative Texts: Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (1975), Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Interpreter of Maladies (1999), andMonique Truong’s The Book of Salt (2003), among other novels, short stories, and secondary sources.
Requirements & Grading: There will be a series of 3 short essays, the first of which must be revised and resubmitted. Subsequent essays may also be revised and resubmitted by arrangement with the Instructor (75% of the final grade). There may also be short quizzes, reaction papers, blog posts, and/or in-class presentations (25% of the final grade).