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Introduction to Asian American Literature

ENGL 072.401
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fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

This course serves as a broad introduction to Asian American literature and culture in a national and global context. We will read novels, short stories, and essays from a wide range of Asian American authors and critics. In addition, we will screen a number of films about contemporary topics in the field. Throughout the semester we will pay particular attention to the ways in which gender, sexuality, and class not only underpin processes of Asian American immigration and racial formation but also the problem of the human after genocide and nuclear holocaust. In order to provide a more engaged political framework for analyzing both the material experiences and the psychic lives of Asian Americans, we will read a number of legal documents and theoretical texts from psychoanalytic, postcolonial, critical race, and environmental studies.