Kanta A Kochhar
A comparative study of multiple ethnic literatures within American culture and society. Addresses issues surrounding the formation of an American literary canon. Stresses themes and methods for advanced literary interpretation within American Studies.
Asian American Literature and Performance
Since the late 60ís and, more particularly, in the last decade, there has been a growing interest in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies. New scholarship, conferences, and course offerings offer unprecedented opportunities for opening up new spaces of understanding the histories of Asian migrations to the States and the vast impact the presence of the various Asian communities have had on the American culture. Much of the scholarship addresses areas in history, literature, humanities, philosophy, the arts, and film. A consideration of Asian American literature and performance can provide a forum for envisioning more inclusive communities and evoking the power of cross-cultural imagination.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, film, discussion, group activities
Class assignments and grading
In general this course includes a combination of lecture, film, discussion, and workshop activities. The activities of each section will culminate in a writing assignment that demonstrates a synthesis of questions regarding Asian American studies and its significance for that particular section topic. Presentations and final papers are intended to reflect an in-depth exploration and understanding of Asian America and its application to a particular area in humanities outside the range of the class.
Class activities, discussion, short papers, midterm, final project