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

Fall 2005

E 314V • Asian American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32397 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 102

Course Description

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, and the evolution of Asian America.

Grading Policy

In-class assignments and class participation 10%
Reading quizzes and test 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.


Chang-Rae Lee, Native Speaker
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Iris Chang, Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Shirley Lim, Asian-American Literature: An Anthology
Course Packet
Others TBA


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