ENGL 047A. Asian American Literature and Culture

Treated as "forever foreign," not quite a minority (a "model"), Asians resurface in U.S. national culture from time to time, remembered anew amid perennial forgetting. To what extent does Asian American invisibility betray a constitutive role in U.S. history? After reviewing the rise of Asian American studies, this course will chart the shifting place of Asians in the modernizing of America by examining im/migration, empire's wars, and the interracial future/diaspora through literary and cultural texts as well as ethnic historiography and criticism. In providing a critical history of Asian America, this course expands the field's foundational concerns toward a transpacific and hemispheric Asia/America while exploring minor adoptions and resistances of America, including of its aesthetic and social movements. Texts may include Crazy Rich AsiansThe Year of the Dragon, America is in the Heart, Philippine-American War editorial cartoons, ObasanNight Sky with Exit WoundsWe Should Never MeetTropic of Orange, Robot StoriesI'm Not Saying I'm Just SayingHomecoming KingImmigrant ActsCoolies and CaneImpossible SubjectsSoldiering through EmpireThe Oriental ObsceneAlien CapitalPartly Colored, and Dangerous Crossings. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and presentations, written responses, (con)textual analysis, and comparative analysis or genre recreation. 
20th/21st c.
GATEWAY English Literature.
1 credit.
Eligible for ASIA, GLBL-paired.
Fall 2021. Ku.
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature

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