- Course Number: ENGL 197
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- Advisory Enrollment Information:
This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
- Quarter: Fall 2022
What do ghosts reveal about the enduring legacies of wars and their impact on Asian American narrative and culture? How might reckoning with the undead or unresolved deepen our understanding of race, empire, and other social and cultural formations? The ghost, as sociologist Avery Gordon argues, is a social figure that calls our attention to unresolved injustices, drawing us toward the “something-to-be-done.” We will be reading fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism by Asian American authors who contend with the afterlives of U.S. wars in Asia and the Pacific, including but not limited to World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While these wars might be understood as “history” in official records, their effects linger in personal and cultural memory. Texts may include Mine Okubo’s Citizen 13660, Joseph Han’s Nuclear Family, Mai Der Vang’s Yellow Rain, and Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.