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ENG 630 Asian Literatures and Cultures

Title:

English

Office:

English

Specialization:

English

Biography:

Wednesdays 11:00 – 12:00 and Fridays 2:00 – 4:00

Dr. A.M. Lee-Loy

“Heathen Chinee”; “John Chinaman”; “Celestial”; “Oriental” – regardless of the name used, they all meant the same thing: the Chinese were unwanted outsiders and aliens in the West. From pulp fiction to memoir, from Canada to the Caribbean, we will explore a variety of genres and regions to better understand the socio-historical contexts within which “Chineseness” as alien otherness was constructed in the West and how members of the Chinese diaspora confront this historical legacy, and contest and renegotiate their identities as Overseas Chinese in their writing.

The goal of the course is to develop a rich understanding of Chinese diasporic experiences and contributions to literatures written in English, as well as to hone critical writing and research skills. To that end, our literary study will be enriched through the examination of visual representations of Chineseness, including film, and research on Toronto’s original Chinatown in the Toronto Archives.

Course work includes short assignments, a term paper and a final exam. 

Department:

From pulp fiction to memoir, from Canada to the Caribbean, we will explore a variety of genres and regions to better understand the socio-historical contexts within which “Chineseness” as alien otherness was constructed in the West and how members of the Chinese diaspora confront this historical legacy, and contest and renegotiate their identities as Overseas Chinese in their writing.