English 90al. Memory in Asian American Literature

Instructor: Janet Zong York
Day & Time: TBD | Location: TBD

What is the status of memory in contemporary Asian American literature? We explore how remembrance and forgetting, both individual and collective, help constitute panethnic Asian America as an imagined community. What conflicts of memory are inherited from legacies of war, exclusion, and migration? How does memory inform responses to present injustices and the ways people narrate the past and imagine the future? Other topics: form; affect; multimedia memory; memory as work or labor; mourning and history; memorialization and monuments. Novels, short stories, graphic narratives, and poetry may include works by: Cathy Park Hong, Jhumpa Lahiri, Aimee Phan, Yiyun Li, Ocean Vuong, Mira Jacob, Gene Leung, Mohsin Hamid, Viet Thanh Nguyen, among others.