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LIT 373 Asian and Asian Diasporic Literatures

This course examines Asian and Asian diasporic literatures written in or translated to English. Students will analyze how these literatures have contributed to and transformed the study of English in a global frame. Students will investigate how Asian and Asian diasporic literature emerges from specific cultural, historical, national, global and American multiethnic contexts and demonstrate how ¿Asia¿ is itself a distortion of a broad region, largely produced from a western imperial imagination. Topics that may be studied in relation to literary production, include but are not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, language, immigration, global migrant labor, citizenship, imperialism, as well as Asian indigenous histories. All texts will be in English or English translation.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Explain the cultural richness, diversity, and complexity of Asian continental and diasporic literatures. by identifying differences and similarities among the literary production of writers from different national origins and ethnic identities.
  • Articulate complex literary analysis of Asian and Asian Diasporic literatures, with particular emphasis on themes of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, global migrant labor, citizenship, imperialism, as well as Asian indigenous histories, and/or multilingualism
  • Situate Asian literatures' place in and contributions to global literary production
  • Analyze literatures from both national and global contexts with attention to relevant sociopolitical and historical contexts.
  • Apply relevant literary criticism and theory to literary analysis
  • Apply research conventions in literary studies, including the building of skills related to summary, annotation, analysis, and evaluation of primary and secondary sources
  • Correctly use MLA bibliographic style to support developing academic writing practices
  • Engage respectfully and dynamically with peers in a way that encourages scholarly community, and individual academic development.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.