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

Spring 2008

E 379S • Afro-Asian American Literatures

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35360 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 303
Lee, J

Course Description

This course examines the intersections between African American and Asian American literary traditions during the twentieth century. African Americans and Asian Americans have been often defined by, related to, and contrasted against each other; our concern will be how authors from both groups respond to that juxtaposition. We will focus on texts that deal explicitly with Afro-Asian relations, but we will also examine how the interconnected relationship between Blacks and Asians affects their representation of not just racial difference, but also gender, class, sexuality, and citizenship.

Grading Policy

Several short writing assignments: 40%
Participation: 10%
One presentation: 10%
Final research paper: 40%


Frank Chin, The Chickencoop Chinaman
W. E. B. Du Bois, Dark Princess
Elizabeth Kim, Kimchee and Chitlins
Gary Phillips, Violent Spring
Vijay Prashad, Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting
Nina Revoyr, The Necessary Hunger
Anna Deveare Smith, Twilight: Los Angeles
Richard Wright, The Color Curtain
Karen Tei Yamashita, Tropic of Orange


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