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Introduction to Asian American Literature

ENGL 1270.401
also offered as: ASAM 0103
MWF 10:15-11:14am

This course will explore the varieties of Asian American experience by considering the literary forms they take. We will read representations of a broad range of Asian American experience, from Asians detained off the coast of California at the turn of the twentieth century to cosmopolitan Asian American lives at the turn of the twenty-first. In each instance, we will read these forms within their historical moments, asking how these expressions reveal and respond to the conditions of minority experience in the United States. Our discussions will analyze these literary representations as a way of attending to shifting modes of racial formation in the United States, and we will pay particular attention to the legacies of exclusion and internment. 


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English 102.402 Austin Svedjan

English 102.403 Michael Watkins

English 102.404 Eileen Ying

English 102.405 Zuko Zikalala


English Major Requirements
  • Sector 2 Difference and Diaspora (AEDD)
  • Sector 6 20th & 21st Centuries (AE20)
English Concentration Attributes
  • 20th-21st Century Concentration (AE21)
College Attributes
  • Sector III: Arts & Letters (AUAL)
  • Foundational Approach: Cultural Diversity in US (AUCD)