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|Abstract:||The course aims to introduce to students the most dominant themes and representative writers of the literatures of the United States, with a focus on an emerging group of Taiwanese American writers (TAW’s). To make the best of the class time (three hours per week), each class session is divided into two parts—the Canon and the TAW’s. Each week, the teacher will use half of the class time to introduce the major themes and canonical writers of the United States, and the students will present on assigned TAW’s. The teacher will cover most representative writers from the colonial to the 1970s, while the students will focus on assigned TAW’s. Most importantly, the TAW’s would be read against major US writers to make comparative analyses between the mainstream and the emergent. While the literatures of the US have flourished with the formation of writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathanial Hawthorne, Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, etc. they’d be supplemented and perhaps unsettled by emergent TAW’s, such as Brenda Lin, Grace Lin, Justina Chen Headley, Charles Yu, Francie Lin, Ed Lin, and Tao Lin. Placing TAW’s against mainstream writers, the course aims to explore the intricate interconnections and complexities between Taiwan and the US.|
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