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Life writing and Hawaiʻi-based/-situated literature…

ENG 271
About the Instructor

Raised in Kāneʻohe, Lauren K. K. Nishimura is a Ph.D. student in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her academic interests include: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literature, Indigenous rhetorics, and place/peoples-based composition pedagogy. When not at the university, she likes to unwind by either cooking or karaoke.

Inquiries: email: laurenk9@hawaii.edu (preferred contact method) or call (808) 386-5075

Summer 2
Zero Textbook Cost Course

In this writing intensive (WI) course, we will explore how literary elements within auto/biographies, poetry, blogs, plays, and film both document and provide roots of cultural, social, and political resurgence that continues to produce contemporary Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literature. In this course we will wrestle with questions such as: What are common themes in Kanaka Maoli life writing or life writing in Hawaiʻi? How do these writers portray struggles with everyday and systemic identity politics, racism, sexism, gender inequality, colonialism, etc.? Where do we fit within these (hi)stories? As we engage texts by writers such as John Dominis Holt, Haunani-Kay Trask, and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, we will analyze how these authors document their experiences through the lenses of their characters and/or through the act of writing itself.

Students will produce a form of life writing (i.e., mini auto/biography, poetry, comic strip, testimonial, interview, etc.) that documents their growths or struggles within a Hawaiʻi context.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DL, NI, WI

Updated 04/0/2021