Spring 2016

Out of China:  Transnational Literatures of the Chinese Diaspora

Listed in: English, as ENGL-316


Yu-ting Huang (Section 01)


This course reads Chinese diasporic literatures along a transnational itinerary, analyzing literary fictions hailing from Southeast Asia, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean.  At each location, Chinese immigrants must confront a multiethnic society of layered colonial histories, and we ask how encounters with other indigenous, immigrant, or colonial peoples change their conceptions about being Chinese, their understanding of self and other, and the ways they narrate belonging and community.  We will have an emphasis on women authors, and the issues of gender in diaspora and transnational experiences will be central to many discussions.  The literary texts are predominantly Anglophone, with the possibility of one or two texts translated from Sinophone origins, and a few films will be included as course material when appropriate.  Possible authors include Eileen Zhang, Maxine Hong Kingston, Gish Jen, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Hwee Hwee Tan, Brian Castro, Tze-Ming Mok, Meiling Jin, Jan Lowe Shinebourne, and Kerry Yang; films may include works by Wong Kar-wai, Ang Lee, and Tsai Ming-liang.

Limited to 35 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Professor Huang.

If Overenrolled: Instructor will handle over-enrollment case by case, with attention to major, seniority, previous courses taken, and student interest.


Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016