Explore exciting and diverse literatures of the Pacific…

About the Instructor

When not writing about contemporary American books and culture, Ruth Y. Hsu reads SciFi and watches Scandanavian noir films. She is associate professor of English and has lived in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and in Honolulu, since 1992.

Inquiries: Ruth Y. Hsu at rhsu@hawaii.edu

Summer 2 (online)

Literatures of the Pacific is a significant, exciting body of diverse poetry, prose, and other art forms. This course introduces some of the most crucial themes expressed in poetry, prose, and plays by writers that define the field. A few days will be spent studying filmic and television depictions of the Pacific. Students will write and create short podcasts featuring topical events related to reading list.

Readings consist of short stories, plays, films (feature and documentary) poetry, novels, and essays that are mostly available online and free (through UH Mānoa Library or provided by the instructor) and that represent the wide range of creativity, passion, and ways of knowing to be found in the texts on this region. We will “read” texts that productively challenge our perspectives and that will afford us more profound insights into the histories of the Pacific. The reading list includes the work of Epeli Hau’ofa, Vilsoni Hereniko, Keri Hulme, Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner, Kristiana Kahakauwila, and Albert Wendt. Hulme’s The Bone People is free and available through the Hathi Trust (UH Mānoa Library); Wendt’s Leaves of the Banyan Tree is available at UH Mānoa Library; the rest of the readings will be provided by the instructor.

Writing requirements: five forum posts of 400-500 words, each; one class presentation accompanied by a 800-1000 word analysis paper.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DL

Updated 06/14/2021