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Popular literature and film provide insights into contemporary concerns…

About the Instructor

Ruth Y. Hsu, PhD, is associate professor of English; her published writing have been on Asian American graphic novels, on the television series Orange is the New Black, and on literature in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, nationalism, and diaspora.

For inquiries: email rhsu@hawaii.edu.

Varied Dates – May 23-June 9, 2022 (ONLINE asynchronous)

The class will study literature and film (literature is broadly defined) that have achieved public favor and scholarly praise. These texts contain fresh and provocative insights into contemporary concerns and have given immense pleasure to readers and viewers around the globe. What do these prose fiction and film tell us about human aspirations, fears, and passions, about our past as well as our potential?

Class will analyze the adaptation of the book, Crazy Rich Asians, into the filmic version – what happens to theme and character in this page-to-screen adaptation. Writing assignment: to write reviews of the books and the film as if you are writing for a major literary magazine. One of the reviews will be in the format of a 5-minute podcast. Reading list: Crazy Rich Asians; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, short fiction by N.K. Jemisin; Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time,

Fulfills general education requirements: DL, WI (pending) and OC (pending)

Updated 12/14/2021