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Asian-American Literature of War

ENGL 272.401
crosslisted as: ASAM 202
instructor(s):
TR 10:30-12
fulfills requirements:
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

We will be reading a range of fictional accounts of wartime America, viewed through the experience of Asian Americans. The twentieth century was marked by periodic outbreaks of war between the United States and Asia, and we will read literary renderings of World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. In times of transpacific conflict, Asian Americans found themselves cast as enemy or ally, and in our readings we will consider the ways in which they depict their positions in times of national crisis. We will read novels by Monica Sone, Julie Otsuka, Richard Kim, Chang-rae Lee, and Le Thi Diem Thuy, among others. Course requirements include a presentation, short paper, and final research paper.