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Spring 2013 Course Descriptions

English 3907  Contemporary Asian Literature

Section 001     CRN 37324
Engles
Contemporary Asian Literature   1230-1345 TR

Along with Asia’s many booming economies, recent works by authors of Asian descent have gone well beyond Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club by gaining enormous international respect and popularity. As global forces bring about inevitable change, what in Asian literature remains “Asian”? What problems arise when those of non-Asian descent read such literature as a window into other cultures? We will examine a wide variety of accessible, prize-winning novels by both Asian and Asian American authors, literature that dramatizes the conflict between national traditions and contemporary demands, with compelling characters who are often caught between conflicting worlds.  Requirements: two papers, two exams, a presentation, and regular reading quizzes (Group 2)