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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2006

E 314V • Asian American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32730 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
FAC 10

Course Description

Computer-assisted course.

This course is an introduction to Asian American literature. We will examine key literary works, films, and critical essays by contemporary Asian Americans. Paying careful attention to the axes of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and politics, we will examine the formation of Asian American subjectivities. We will question assumptions about what is "Asian American" but also, crucially, what is "American." Readings will be organized both chronologically and in response to a series of thematic issues such as:

Asian American racial formation
Gendered narratives of immigration
Evolution of Asian America

Grading Policy

In-class assignments and class participation 10%
Oral presentation and handout 15%
Three Papers (6-7 pages each) 25% each
Regular attendance is required


Bulosan, America Is in the Heart
Okada, No-No Boy
Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Cha, Dictee
Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Lee, Native Speaker
Hagedorn, Charlie Chan Is Dead 2
Gotanda, Yankee Dawg You Die
Hwang, M. Butterfuly


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