Popular Literature

ENG 381 Popular Literature
Summer I 2023 ONLINE Asynchronous (5/22-6/30)

Date: MTWThF

Instructor: So Yeon Kim (skim933@hawaii.edu) 
Classrooms: TBA


Course Description

Each week of this asynchronous summer course will examine the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality through popular literature and film while also focusing on cinematography, narrative tools, and Hollywood strategies. We will begin by briefly tracing past challenges of racial representation, including cinematic language and questions of what these texts inform us about human society and desires. Then we will further examine how these questions can shape our future while also considering how we can contribute to future discussions.

This course requires regular attendance and commitment. You will be asked to read books, watch films, and contribute to the class via writing and discussion.

For this course, you will be asked to watch films such as Crazy Rich Asians and read texts such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, followed by supplementary articles (book reviews, magazine articles). Assignments include 5-7 response posts, fiction writing, peer review (based on your creative component), and one final paper.