HENKE1906U English - Free topic 6: Travel, Communication and the Novel and Recent Asian American Writing
Travel, Communication and the Novel (Maria Damkjær)
Novels thrive on delays, and so as soon as you introduce travel -- even local travel -- information will filter through only intermittently. This course explores novels where letters, secrets, and the meaning of language itself, are bent out of shape by distance and delay. We will discuss critical theory of imagined communities through information, of letters and fiction, and of transport fiction, and read novels from Austen to the present.
Recent Asian American Writing (Kiron Ward)
As a category, ‘Asian American’ is an especially problematic one. It pulls together languages, cultures, and histories from across a vast area—from the South Asian subcontinent to the Pacific Islands—and can assume a simplistic similarity between them. For better or worse, the term has become the accepted way of referring to Americans of Asian descent and of categorising their extraordinary literary production. Drawing on contemporary writing by Americans of South-East Asian descent, this course will introduce students to the exceptional variety and diversity of ‘Asian American’ literature. In particular, we will explore the ongoing formation and contingency of ‘Asian American’ as an identity, and interrogate how gender, sexuality, class, generation, and history shape each text.
Travel, Communication and the Novel
Preliminary reading list:
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers
Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters
Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things
Recent Asian American Writing
Likely primary texts:
Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Blu’s Hanging
Chang-Rae Lee, A Gesture Life
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel
Ocean Vuong, Night Sky with Exit Wounds
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- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 8th 2020Take-home paper (10-12 pages) for Travel, Communication and the Novel (counting 50 % of the final grade)
Take-home paper (10-12 pages) for Recent Asian American Writing (counting 50 % of the final grade)