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Stephen H. Sumida
AAS 320
Seattle Campus

Hawaii's Literatures

Prose fiction, historical narratives, and poetry (including lyrics and songs) of Hawaii by Native Hawaiian and multicultural local writers and composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Analyses of colonization and its consequences frame the literary studies.

Class description

The texts in the course include Native Hawaiian lyrics and songs, the Queen's book, John Dominis Holt's Waimea Summer, Milton Murayama's All I Asking for Is My Body, Juliet Kono's Anshuu, and four contemporary Hawaiian plays. The historical analysis that is the backbone of the course moves from the time of the Monarchy to the multicultural, "Local" present, from sovereign nation and culture to colonization in the form of a state.

Student learning goals

close reading of multicultural literary texts

historicized readings of texts

interpretation and performance of contemporary plays

comprehension of writers' interpretation of cultural consequences of the changes from sovereign Kingdom to Territory and then to State

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

none besides the skills and abilities any student admitted to UW should already have

Class assignments and grading

Two papers, five to seven pages each; a series of quizzes throughout the quarter; participation in the group production of a play; reading of seven texts, including the book of plays

Paper 1, 25% of course grade; Paper 2, 25%; quizzes, 25%; participation in collaborative play production, 25%


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 Stephen H. Sumida
Date: 01/18/2013