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Ethnic Studies 139
Asian/Pacific Diasporic Women Writers: Narratives of Immigration and Transnationalism

This semester, we will read literary works written by Asian Diasporic and Pacific Islander women that concern immigration and transnationalism. By considering issues of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality, as well as matters of language, notions of origin, and Orientalism, we will focus on expanding our interpretations of the texts, the worlds these texts invent, as well as the everyday world. In our reading, we will pay attention to the politics of literature, and we will explore various notions of diaspora. We will also investigate how these texts invent characters that are able to resist racist or sexist representations, and how these texts may also participate in such subjection. Making use of concepts like hybridity, as well as other theoretical terms, we will begin to look beyond oversimplified binaries such as Asia / America, or traditional / modern. This course will also provide an introduction to literary theory.

Reading List (subject to change)
Patrica Grace, Tu
Jessica Hagedorn, Dogeaters
Yi yun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
lê thi diem thúy, The Gangster We Are All Looking For
Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
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Course Requirements
Two 8-10 page analytical essays
Written assignments
Final examination 

Grading Policies
Work received ONE day late will not be penalized. Work received more than one day late will not receive full credit, and will be further penalized according to lateness.

NOTE: The Department of Ethnic Studies takes plagiarism very seriously. Any paper that includes plagiarized material will receive an F grade. Additional consequences include receiving a failing grade for the entire course and being reported to college authorities. If you have any questions about how to cite secondary material, including internet resources, please ask your professor.
If you think you may have a disability or health issue that affects your learning abilities, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 430-2264. 


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Last Updated: 6/22/17