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Winter Session 2016


AAAS 280K Mothers and Madness - Jones

In this course, we will discuss the theme of Mother-Daughter relationships in literature. Though the bond is an often discussed literary topic, this course will focus on the "madness" lens through which the American-born daughters often see their mothers. Is the mother truly mad? Or does the daughter only see her mother through the eyes of American culture? Texts may include Norah Okja Keller's Comfort Woman, selections from Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club and Opposite of Fate, as well as selections from Lan Cao's Monkey Bridge.

AAAS 280V Broken English: Race, Language and Citizenship - Lee

Where are you from?" may be a question that comes to mind when we hear "broken English." For this course, we'll be looking at how language has been used to assess/gauge people's origins and belongings. What does it mean to be a Native speaker? What does speaking a particular dialect, vernacular, or with an accent suggest? We will examine the relationship between race, language acquisition—fluency vs. broken English, and its ramifications for a citizenship tied to a nation-state. Some of the questions we will explore include: Can speaking a particular language determine your racial/ethnic identity, and your terms of belonging, your citizenship? Can you be considered "truly" American if you don't speak native English? What do we do with non-native English? What does it mean to acquire another's language, what is involved? Can you speak for yourself/experience in a language not your own? What are we really asking for when we ask: "Where are you really from?" Specifically, we'll be looking at Asian American immigrants' use of English in the U.S. as it is portrayed in literature and poetry, and moments in history where language becomes a critical negotiating tool. Possible texts include works by: Chang-Rae Lee, Ishle Yi Park, and Myung Mi Kim.



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