SEAS 455 - Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Southeast Asian History through Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS)
Department: LSA II: SE Asian Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior, Senior, graduate students.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will examine some of the most canonical and cutting-edge literature to come out of Southeast Asia over the last two centuries as it reflects and reimagines the complex history of the region. Working in loose chronological order and across different colonial and national contexts, we will read novels that explore and serve as commentary on themes such as race and politics, gender and intimacy, modernity and technology, war and its aftermath. We will contextualize each novel in its historical milieu and literary tradition. All readings will be in English translation.

Course Requirements:

Methods of evaluation include regular journal entries, in-class presentations of the material, and a final paper. Previous knowledge or coursework in Southeast Asian Studies is strongly recommended.

Intended Audience:

Upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students who are interested in Southeast Asian Studies

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly


SEAS 455 - Topics in Southeast Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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