English 181a. Introduction to Asian American Literature: What Is Asian American Literature?

Instructor: Ju Yon Kim
Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00-1:15pm | Location: TBA
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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.

Note: This course satisfies the English Concentration "Migrations" requirement for the Class of 2022.