Comparative Literature | Literature of Asian Diaspora
C670 | 1144 | Prof. Pao

1:00-2:15 	MW	BH 142

Above section meets with C400
In this course we will be studying literature (fiction, drama,
screenplays and poetry) and criticism by writers of East and South
Asian descent who are living and working the Americas, Europe, and
Africa.  Among the issues we will focus on are the usefulness of
"diaspora" as a socio-cultural and critical category as opposed to
ethnic minority, immigrant population, or expatriate; the shift from
nationally based conceptions of individual and group identities to a
pan-ethnic Asian identity; multiple migrations; and
deterritorialization and culture; and the politics of location.  The
primary authors included are Ben Fong-Torres, Li-Young Lee, Velina
Hasu Houston, David Mura, Chay Yew, Sung Rno, Chang Rae Lee, Bharati
Mukherjee, Joy Kogawa, Karen Tei Yamashita, Hanif Kureishi, Ayub
Khan-Din, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Salman Rushdie.  Representative critical
approaches include: May Joseph, Nomadic Identities: the Performance of
Citizenship; Una Chaudhuri, Staging Place: the Geography of Modern
Drama; Yen Le Espiritu, Asian American Pan Ethnicity; Karen Shimakawa
and Kandice Chuh, Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora.