Advanced English Seminar: Contemporary Asian American Literature

Upper School

Grade 11, Grade 12


Open to Grades 11-12

Credits: 0.5

This course will explore a range of Asian American voices and stories in texts published since the eighties. We will learn from an array of experiences and identities, and we will do so through a variety of literary forms and genres, including fantasy, short fiction, personal essay, and poetry, as well as a longer work of fiction or memoir. Much of our work will involve careful attention to craft; as a result, we will produce both analytical and creative pieces in conversation with the pieces we read. Possible texts include Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, and work by Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Offered Fall 2023