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Jennifer Wang

Assistant Professor of English & American Literatures

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 Spring Term: Tuesday 12:30-3:00 and by appointment
 Axinn Center at Starr Library 312



Course List: 

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CMLT 0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
A senior thesis is normally completed over two semesters. During Fall and Winter terms, or Winter and Spring terms, students will write a 35-page (article length) comparative essay, firmly situated in literary analysis. Students are responsible for identifying and arranging to work with their primary language and secondary language readers, and consulting with the program director before completing the CMLT Thesis Declaration form. (Approval required.)

Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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ENAM 0103 - Reading Literature      

Reading Literature
Please refer to each section for specific course descriptions. CW LIT

Fall 2019, Spring 2021

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ENAM 0112 - Asian American Pop!      

Asian American Pop!
From bubble tea to K-pop, Asian diasporic culture is undeniably the shared lexicon of a global mainstream. In this seminar, we will engage with recent literary, televisual, and cinematic works to discern what they express about Asian American history, identity, and cultural politics. What is the difference between appropriation and authenticity? What can “popular” forms tell us about “serious” topics such as capitalism, citizenship, and empire? How does Asian American popular culture enact collective desires for belonging and memory? We approach such questions by focusing on how cultural representations inform the social and historical contents they depict through their aesthetic and formal choices. In particular, we will attend to the gendered and sexual circuits of cultural formation, with units on Asian American girlhood and queer diasporas. Authors include: Nam Le, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jenny Zhang, and Ocean Vuong. (not open to students who have taken FYSE 1562) 3 hrs. sem. AMR LIT

Fall 2020

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ENAM 0115 - Multi-Ethnic American Lit      

Multi-Ethnic American Literature
This course introduces ethnic American literature by investigating how cultural representations of “ethnic America” are formed in relation to its social, political, and material histories. We will begin by critically analyzing the nested issues of labour, legality, and immigration that have shaped Black, Asian, and Indigenous presence within North America. From there, we will move on to the themes of assimilation, multiculturalism, diaspora, and U.S. empire in order to track the trajectory of ethnic American literature in the late-20th and 21st centuries. Authors include: Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Tomson Highway, Toni Morrison, and Viet Nguyen. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Diversity) (Rec) AMR CMP LIT NOR

Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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ENAM 0286 - Race Dystopia Fiction      

Race, Dystopia, and Contemporary Fiction
What happens to race after the world ends? From environmental disasters to zombie invasions, the radical breakdown of human life haunts the cultural imaginary. A specific development within this cultural trend is the emergence of writers of colour who have turned to the dystopian and speculative genre. We will read such literary texts to consider representations of racial subjectivities, such as the lived experiences and perceptions of race, outside the conventions of realism. Themes that we will cover include: Afrofuturism, techno-Orientalism, zombies, cyborgs, and climate change. Authors include: Junot Diaz, Colson Whitehead, Chang-rae Lee, Octavia Butler, and Louise Erdrich. 3 hrs. lect/disc. AMR CMP LIT

Spring 2020

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ENAM 0306 - Reading Race 21st Century      

Reading Race in the 21st Century
This course surveys multi-ethnic American literature by exploring processes of racial formation through literature and literary representations produced in the 21st century. We will study both the continuities and divergences in contemporary Black, Indigenous, and Asian American literary productions from their historical iterations. What shifts have taken place in the multi-ethnic literary canon and tradition between the past to current centuries? We will engage with themes such as the rise of genre fiction, changes to the literary marketplace, and the status of “national literature” in the global age. Authors include: Colson Whitehead, Chang-rae Lee, Louise Erdrich, and Jhumpa Lahiri. (While ENAM0115 Introduction to Multi-Ethnic American Literature is not a prerequisite, it is encouraged.) 3hrs. sem. (REC) AMR CMP LIT NOR

Spring 2021

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ENAM 0464 - Radical Fictions      

Radical Fictions: Protests, Refuge, Revolution
The key premise of this course is to ask: Why are successful revolutions so difficult to imagine in contemporary literature? Minority authors often depict social movements, which strive to install those who were previously oppressed into positions of power and self-determination, to varying degrees of fulfillment. From historical precedents (the Black Power movement) to speculative societies that exclude men (feminist utopias), we will examine literary representations of political movements, refuges, and revolutions defined by power reversals. What can we learn from their shortcomings as much as their successes? Theoretical works include: Hegel, Marx, Fanon, Hannah Arendt, Valerie Solanas, and the Combahee River Collective. Authors include: Ralph Ellison, Danzy Senna, Paul Beatty, Susan Choi, Don Lee, R. O. Kwon, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 3 hrs. sem. LIT

Spring 2020

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Department of English & American Literatures

Axinn Center at Starr Library
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