E 314V • Asian American Literature and Culture
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course will introduce students to the diversity and richness of Asian-American literature, history, and culture. Since Asian-American literary production has expanded significantly during the past two decades, we will focus primarily on contemporary works, including novels, short stories, drama, and poetry by South-Asian, East-Asian, and Southeast-Asian Americans. We will consider ways in which these works reflect and respond to issues of generational difference and immigration, as well as how these issues are inflected by ethnicity, gender, and class. We will augment our literary readings and analysis with secondary readings that explore Asian-American history, culture, and literary theory.
In-class assignments and class participation 10%
Reading quizzes and tests 10%
Oral presentation and handout 15%
Three response papers (2 pages each) 15%
Midterm paper (4-5 pages) 20%
Final paper (6-7 pages) 30%
Regular attendance is required.
Kamila Shamsie, Salt and Saffron
Fae Myenne Ng, Bone
Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Philip Kan Gotanda, Yankee Dawg You Die
Bold Words, Rajini Srikanth and Esther Yae Iwanaga, eds.
Sucheng Chan, Asian Americans: An Interpretive History