Lit & Culture: Asian American Poetry


MWF 1130-1220, Classroom TBD

In this course, students will be introduced to Asian American Poetry within the larger context of American Poetry. We will consider the historical development of Asian American poetry, dating from Angel Island poems and following through the creation of “Asian” poetry in America, constituted through Ezra Pound’s translations of Chinese poetry and Gary Snyder’s poetry of Asian forms. Students will read from single author collections by poets such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Myung Mi Kim, and also consider critical frameworks mapped by such scholars as Lisa Lowe and Dorothy Wang. In particular, we will consider experimental elements of contemporary poetic forms to question conventions, constructions, and notions of an Asian American community and self.

REQUIRED TEXTS: Excerpts and essays (TBD); available on LAULIMA by first day of class.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attendance and participation (20%); two short essays (750 words each; 30%); a research paper (2500 words; 50%)