ENGL 257 A: Asian-American Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
SMI 407
Michelle Liu
Michelle Liu

Syllabus Description:

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Engl 257 SQ16 weeks 2 & 3 revised schedule.docx

Revised Reading Schedule Week 7b and Week 8-1.docx



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Additional Details:

Asian American populations have been deeply impacted by restrictive immigration legislation and American foreign policy, putting its peoples in a unique position for defining Americanness. How do artists with an Asian ancestry challenge a country that ostensibly celebrates diversity yet looks with suspicion on the foreign? We’ll look at the creation of “Asian American literature” as a category to examine this question. Why was Asian American literature created? Who is Asian American literature for?

We will be engaging with the short stories of Jhumpa Lahiri; the essays of Carlos Bulosan and Alex Tizon, the comedy of Eddie Huang and Margaret Cho; and novels by Annie Choi and Chang-rae Lee.

Catalog Description: 
Examines the emergence of Asian American literature as a response to anti-Asian legislation, cultural images, and American racial formation. Encourages thinking critically about identity, power, inequalities, and experiences of marginality.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:14pm