This course will examine literary representations of a broad range of Asian American experiences. Through novels, short stories, films and poetry, we will ask what constitutes Asian American literature, and how these representations have changed over time as “Asian America” has changed. In each instance, we will read these forms in the context of their historical and cultural moments, asking how these expressions reveal and respond to the conditions of modern minority life in the United States. Readings and films may include Chinatown stories, representations of Japanese internment, pan-ethnic activist literature, works by such authors as Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Ruth Ozeki, and films such as The Namesake.
Course requirements: 2 essays (3-5pp), midterm, and final exam.
Fulfills Sector III: Arts and Letters