English 136C

Topics in American Studies: The Border


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2007 Lye, Colleen
Co-taught by Gonzalez, Marcial and Lye, Colleen
TTh 11-12:30 213 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Acosta, O. Z.: The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo; Bulosan, C.: America is in the Heart; Castillo, A.: Sapogonia: An anti-romance in 3/8 meter; Gilb, D.: The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acu�a; Kadohata, C.: The Floating World; Kingston, M. H.: The Woman Warrior; Ng, F. M.: Bone; Okada, J.: No-No Boy; Paredes, A.: George Washington G�mez; Viramontes, H.M.: Under the Feet of Jesus; Yamashita, K.: Tropic of Orange. A course reader consisting of contextual articles will also be assigned.

Description

"Acosta, O. Z.: The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo; Bulosan, C.: America is in the Heart; Castillo, A.: Sapogonia: An anti-romance in 3/8 meter; Gilb, D.: The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acu�a; Kadohata, C.: The Floating World; Kingston, M. H.: The Woman Warrior; Ng, F. M.: Bone; Okada, J.: No-No Boy; Paredes, A.: George Washington G�mez; Viramontes, H.M.: Under the Feet of Jesus; Yamashita, K.: Tropic of Orange. A course reader consisting of contextual articles will also be assigned.



Course Description: Moving beyond the black-white binary that has long framed racial discourse in the U.S. , this course examines how the experiences of Latinos and Asians intersect in the formation of the United States. We will begin by exploring the political and economic processes that have racialized Asian Americans and U.S. Latinos as �illegal aliens� and security threats, and by looking at the historical contexts that transnationalized the U.S. labor market. What kinds of border cultures resulted from these processes? What kinds of national or non-national identities? What kinds of political consciousness? To answer these questions, the course will focus on literature written by Asians and Chicana/os, with a particular interest in the social perspective uniquely afforded by the novel form. "


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