ENGL 286 Syllabus - E NGL 286/AAS 286 Asian American...

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ENGL 286/AAS 286: Asian American Literature Spring 2011 Instructor: Inhye Ha Office: EB 240 (You can enter through 248 as well.) Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30-3:00, or by appointment Office Phone: (217) 333-5758 Email: [email protected] (This is the best method of contacting me, and I will respond to all emails as soon as I can. And yet I will not be able to respond on the same day to emails sent after 8:30 PM.) Course Description In the course of this semester, we will explore the historical experience of Asian American immigrants through the various genres of writing—a biography, fiction, essay, play, and, perhaps, poetry. We will consider each work in the context of the culture in which it was created, examining each author's unique sensibilities as well as what is shared by each of these works we identify as Asian American—the so-called hyphenated identity. Although the term, Asian American per se can be imprecise and somewhat arbitrary to grasp individual writers’ efforts to (re-)present their own experiences, sensibilities, and literary gestures, we still will shape and test criteria by which to judge a literary work that is expressive of an Asian American sensibility. We will also concern ourselves with the process of examining literature in general, establishing a common critical vocabulary and a process from which we construct a reading of the text. Required Texts “A Half Caste” and Other WritingsOnoto Watanna The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston M. Butterfly** David Henry Hwang East Goes West Younghill Kang Native Speaker Chang-rae Lee Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri
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Note: All books are available at Illinois Union Bookstore. If you have trouble finding any books assigned for this course, feel free to order them at Amazon.com, of course, ahead of time. Extra Readings will be posted on Compass ( http://compass.illinois.edu ) with an indicator of ** on the schedule. Grading Attendance (10%) After 3 absences your course grade will be lowered for every subsequent absence, and after 6 absences you will receive a failing grade for the class . Students who are late more than 15 minutes late to class will be counted as absent, and cannot make up the quizzes, activities, presentations they missed. You are always
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