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Introduction to Asian American Literature and Culture

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

How does “Asian American” operate as a contested category of racial and national identity? This course examines literature, film, and critical theory created by contemporary Asian American writers in order to examine the development of Asian America as a literary field. We will pay specific attention to the formation of Asian American subjectivities across social structures of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class. Readings will be organized both chronologically and in response to a series of thematic issues, including: Asian American racial formation, gendered narratives of immigration, and queering Asian America.  The novels, short stories, and films we will study in this class chart an ongoing movement in Asian American Studies from domesticated narratives of immigrant assimilation towards increasingly transnational categories of nationhood and citizenship.


Recitation details will be visible in Path@Penn.

ENGL 1270.402 Christos Kalli—Recitation F 10:15-11:14

ENGL 1270.403 Eddy Wang—Recitation F 10:15-11:14

ENGL 1270.404 Xavier Xin—Recitation F 10:15-11:14

ENGL 1270.405 Ruoxi Zhu—Recitation F 10:15-11:14


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)