Comparative Literature | Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies: Crossing Continents: Diasporic and Multiethnic Literatures of Europe and North America
C670 | 25741 | Prof. Angela Pao

TR  11:15 – 12:30

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, India, Pakistan, 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

Works will include: 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, Hanif Kureishi – My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of
Suburbia, Linda L๊ – Slander: Calomnies, David Mura – Turning Japanese
(excerpts), Emine Sevgi ึzdamar – Mother Tongue, Salman Rushdie –
East-West Stories, Li-Young Lee – selected poems and interviews.

Critical readings include selections from:
*Global Diasporas (Robin Cohen)
*Theorizing Diaspora (Jana Evans Braziel, Anita Mannur, eds.)
Citizenship and Migration (Stephen Castles and Alastair Davidson)
On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asian and the West (Ien Ang)
Being Chinese: Voices from the Diaspora (Wei Djao, ed.)
Flexible Citizenship (Aihwa Ong)
Postcolonial Hospitality: the Immigrant as Guest (Mireille Rosello)
Postcolonial Cultures in France (Alec G. Hargreaves, Mark McKinney, eds.)
Racial Formations (Michael Omi and Howard Winant)
Asian American Panethnicity (Yen le Espiritu)
Nomadic Identities (May Joseph)

Assignments: Annotated bibliography, 20-page research paper, in-class