In this course, we will read, discuss, and
interpret contemporary literature (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and plays) by
Native Pacific writers from Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Some themes
we will focus on include indigenous identity, colonialism, decolonization,
sexuality, gender, migration, tourism, militarism, and environmentalism.
Additionally, we will examine the critical theories of Pacific Literature,
watch literature-inspired films, and listen to audio recordings of Pacific
writers perform their work. As a bonus, some of these writers will visit our
class, either in person or via Skype.
Requirements: Attendance, in-class
participation, reader response papers, two formal essays, a presentation, a
mid-term, and a final exam. You will also be required to attend two literary
events during the semester.
Kihleng, My Urohs (Kahuaomanoa Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-0979378836. Paperback.
Nalani McDougall, The Salt Wind Ka Makani Pa’akai (Kuleana
Press, 2008). ISBN: 978-0966822052. Paperback
Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn
2010). ISBN: 978-1890650469. Paperback
Figiel, Where We Once Belonged (Kaya Press, 1999). ISBN: 978-1885030276.
Grace, Tu (University of Hawaii Press, 2005). ISBN: 978-0824829278. Paperback
Linn Kanae, Islands Linked By Ocean (Bamboo Ridge Press, 2009).
Spitz, Chantal. Island of
Shattered Dreams (translated by Jean Anderson). Huia Publishers (2007). ISBN:
Additional readings will
be provided by the instructor in photocopied or PDF form. These readings will
include work by Albert Wendt, Vilsoni Hereniko, Caroline Sinavaiana, Epeli
Hau‘ofa, Konai Helu Thaman, Wayne Westlake, Haunani-Kay Trask, Witi Ihimaera,
Robert Sullivan, Teresia Teaiwa, and others.