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Heyang Julie Kae
B CUSP 190
Bothell Campus

Contemporary Literature

Critically engages with contemporary fiction, poetry, drama, cross-genre writing, or new media texts to investigate questions such as methods of interpretation, cultural identity, historiography, gender formations, or political analysis. Offered: ASp.

Class description

Narratives of Displacement This course will explore contemporary literature that thematizes 'displacement,' a process of moving from one place to another. As we explore how literature narrates the flow of bodies across borders, imagined and real, we will play close attention to how displacement is simultaneously a shared and singular experience. While our readings will focus primarily works by writers located in the U.S., the works themselves will open up questions about how we might define nation, community and identity beyond their normative limits. Required texts will include: Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979) No-No Boy by John Okada (1979) The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007) The Round House by Louise Erdrich (2012)

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion and some lecture

Recommended preparation

Students should be prepared to read some challenging literature, in terms of length, style and content. Some texts will be lengthy. Some texts will use experimental narrative form. Some texts will include scenes of graphic language, sexuality and violence.

Class assignments and grading

Several short writing assignments (2-3 pages), quizzes (announced and unannounced), class presentations and final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Heyang Julie Kae
Date: 03/06/2014