Asian American Literature and the Problem of Happiness
with Denise Cruz
Monday, April 19, 2021 • Monday, April 26, 2021 • Monday, May 3, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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What does it mean to read Asian American literature in the 21st century? In this master class, we’ll focus on two incredible short stories by Asian American authors who are concerned with race, identity, and community. But they handle these themes in unexpected ways that depart from celebratory narratives of the “model minority” and a “post-racial society.” With some help from feminist theory, we’ll think critically about happiness, feeling, and contemporary Asian American literature.
This is a three-session master class. In the first two sessions, teachers learn from the master. In the third, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.
Denise Cruz is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. She is a scholar of gender and sexuality, with special interests in the Philippines and Asian American literature. Her publications cover a range of subjects, from the connections between the rise of English literature and the women’s suffrage movement in Manila; to the vibrant high fashion world of contemporary Filipino couture; to the artistic strategies modernist authors used to imagine a transpacific world during the early twentieth century. She is the recipient of awards for her exceptional teaching from the University of Toronto and Columbia University.