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The Asian American Subject

ENGL 272.401
instructor(s):
MWF 10:00 am
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major
Cultural Diversity in the US of the College's General Education Curriculum

How does it feel to be Asian American? This course will examine how literary works present this particular subject within crisscrossing networks of race, gender, and class. We will encounter a wide range of Asian American subjects in novels by Susan Choi, Mohsin Hamid, Ruth Ozeki, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others. In addition, we will consider theoretical models of subject formation which try to account for the minority subject in American culture.

Course requirements: in-class presentation and close reading papers.

Fulfills Cultural Diversity in U.S. for the College requirement.