ENGL479P - Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800: AfroAsian Migrations, Diasporas, and Crossing
0101 - Edlie Wong

This course explores the literary representations of early African American and Asian American migration and settlement in the Americas. As slaves, indentured laborers, and immigrants, black and Asian migrants played a significant role in the making of modern America, yet their political claims upon the nation proved to be a far more divisive matter. This class brings these racial histories together within a comparative framework to explore the multiracial stories that often elude capture in conventional literary histories. Over the semester, we will investigate an eclectic mix of nonfictional and fictional writings addressing the various points of convergence (and divergence) among the complex histories of slavery and immigration in the Americas. Writers we may read include Frederick Douglass, James D. Corrothers, W.E.B. DuBois, Younghill Kang, Patricia Powell, Cristina Garcia, Cynthia Shearer, and Amitav Ghosh. In our readings, we will ask, among other things, how these writers contributed to and challenged ideas about “America” and the American experience.

Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.