Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers (1974) was one of the earliest attempts to collect writings that were, to quote the editors, “exclusively Asian-American.” Yet as their lengthy—and controversial—explanation of the selection process makes clear, Asian American literature defies neat categorization. This course is both a survey of Asian American literature and an introduction to ongoing debates about what constitutes Asian American literature. We will study a variety of literary genres and ask how formal and stylistic conventions, as well as shifting sociohistorical circumstances, have shaped conceptions of Asian American literature.
This course satisfies the English Concentration "Migrations" requirement for students on the “Common Ground” curriculum.
This course satisfies the English Concentration "Diversity in Literature" requirement for students on the “Common Ground” curriculum.
This course satisfies the “1900-2000 Guided Elective" requirement for English concentrators and Secondary Field students.