Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG368H1F L0101

ENG368H1F   L0101   T11-1, R11
Asian North American Literature
Instructor: Prof. D. Cruz
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 712

Brief Description of Course:
As an introduction to Asian North American literature and culture, this course will focus on recurring cycles of love and fear in Asian North American relations from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. To set up these dynamics, we will first turn to what became known as “yellow peril,” one effect of exclusion laws that monitored the entrance of Asians into the United States and Canada during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the corresponding phenomena of Japonisme and Orientalism, the fascination with a binary of Asia and the West. The second section of the course will focus on how Asian North American authors respond to later cycles of love and fear, ranging from the forgetting of Japanese internment in North America and the occupation of the Philippines; to the development of the model minority mythology during the Cold War; to different forms of migration and the diaspora; to contemporary exclusions, revisions, and new ways of imagining Asian North American spaces and communities.

Required Reading: (subject to change) John Luther Long, Madame Butterfly, Onoto Watanna (Winnifred Eaton), The Japanese Nightingale; Hiromi Goto, Chorus of Mushrooms; David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly; Julie Otsuka, When the Emperor Was Divine; Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies; Souvankham Thammavongsa, Light; Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You; Short fiction and poetry by Bienvenido N. Santos, Suji Kwock Kim.

First Three Authors/Texts: John Luther Long, Madame Butterfly, Onoto Watanna, The Japanese Nightingale, Hiromi Goto, Chorus of Mushrooms.

Method of Evaluation: Short essay, long essay, two term tests, and participation.

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