Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-10:45 AM

Professor: Allison Layfield

Murdered prom queens. Love in the time of Manifest Destiny. Magical paper tigers. We will explore how contemporary Asian American writers contribute to fiction genres such as mystery, fantasy, graphic novels, realist, and historical fiction. The term “Asian American” applies to a variety of people, cultures and histories within the United States. In this course we will focus on how these diverse histories and literary traditions have inspired writers to challenge the boundaries of genre and our expectations for fiction. Possible texts may include work by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, Carlos Bulosan, Celeste Ng, Brian Leung, Julie Otsuka, Ken Liu, and Chang Rae Lee. Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions. Assignments include textual analyses, oral presentations and research projects. No prior knowledge of Asian American literature is required. All are welcome!

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