Comparative Literature | Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies
C670 | 24014 | Prof. Pao

Topic:  Crossing Continents: Diasporic and Multiethnic Literatures
of Europe and North America

C670 [24014] – Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies
meets with CMLT-C 360
Prof:  Angela Pao

Meeting Time:  Wednesdays  4:00-7:00

This course will study texts (fiction, memoirs, drama, poetry, and
screenplays) by Asian, African, Latin American, and Near Eastern
immigrants and their descendants in North America and Europe.  Some
of the writers are recent immigrants to the U.S., France, Great
Britain, or Germany, while others are 2nd, 3rd or multiple-
generation citizens of these countries.  The countries of origin
include China, Vietnam, Japan, Mali, Pakistan, Mexico, and Turkey.
We will use the experiences as portrayed in literature and film to
examine various concepts, terms and models used to analyze
multicultural individual and community identities including ethnic
minority, diaspora, expatriate, immigrant, migrant, sojourner.  One
of the central questions we will be examining will be the effects of
national histories and cultural institutions -- of the country of
origin and of the country of residency -- on the experiences of
immigrants and minority citizens and on their cultural production.

Works will include:  Calixthe Beyala – Loukoum, the “Little Prince”
of Belleville, Dai Sijie – Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress,
Manthia Diawara – We Won’t Budge: An African Exile in the World,
Maxine Hong Kingston – China Men, Kazuo Ishiguro – Remains of the
Day, Joy Kogawa – Obasan (excerpts), Hanif Kureishi – My Beautiful
Laundrette, Linda Lę – Slander: Calomnies, David Mura – Turning
Japanese (excerpts), Emine Sevgi Özdamar – Mother Tongue, Richard
Rodriguez – Hunger of Memory, Ping Chong – Nuit Blanche.

Graduate readings include selections from:
Immigrant Acts (Lisa Lowe)
Flexible Citizenship (Aihwa Ong)
Postcolonial Hospitality: the Immigrant as Guest (Mireille Rosello)
Postcolonial Cultures in France (Alec G. Hargreaves, Mark McKinney,
Black British Cultural Studies (Houston Baker, Jr., Manthia Diawara,
Ruth H. Lindeborg, eds.)
Asian American Panethnicity (Yen le Espiritu)
Nomadic Identities (May Joseph)
Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (Kandice Chuh
and Karen Shimakawa, eds.)
Undergraduates:  midterm exam, final exam, 10-12-page final paper.
Graduates:  annotated bibliography, 20-page research paper, in-class