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Open Seats in ENG 270: Asian American Literature Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

ENG 270 Asian American Literature, T Th 3:30-4:50, Reg.# 24270

This course introduces students to major literary texts in Asian American literature. Beginning with an examination of how the term “Asian American” was coined in the 1960s, we will survey literary texts that portray Asian identities and experiences in the United States in the twentieth century. The primary goal of the course is to understand how American writers gave expression to the predicaments and psychology of Asian American lives. To this effect, we will review major historical events in relation to the literary texts. Historical events such as Asian exclusion, Japanese American Incarceration, the Korean War and the Vietnam War precipitated Asian migration to the United States and influenced the racial formation and social perception of Asians. We will examine how Asian American writers use literary forms to respond to and reflect on these events. Writers we will read include Carlos Bulosan, John Okada, Maxine Hong Kingston, Julie Otsuka, Chang-rae Lee, Karen Tei Yamashita and Viet Thanh Nguyen.