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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2009

WGS 340 • Women In E Asian Contemp Lit

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47880 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
GEA 127

Course Description

This course explores the new wave of ctions published by East Asian women writers (emphasis on South Korea, Japan, China) around the 1990s. Especially focusing on the autobiographical qualities of these writers, we will examine how these authors' ways of conveying autobiographical selves interact with the socio-political environment they are residing. By analyzing multiple modes of self-representations in their narratives, we will discuss the relationship between individualistic self vs. the sense of self as a part of larger communityand hopefully nd the ways in which this "communal self" might lead towards ones self-actualization.

As the female writers construct accounts of their lives, they invoke the greater compilation of cultural meanings and/or contradictory problems involved with the language/culture the writer inhabits. By observing the various types of clash or tension between the individual and the collective community in the texts, we will attempt to reveal how the concept of "individual" female bears different connotations in a non-western society; or, how the notion of individual in a non-western society cannot entirely escape the inuence or the burdens of the communal/collective. All readings will be in English translations.


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