In this course, we learn about people in the eleven nations of Southeast Asia through their own creative writings. We read Asian writers’ English-language (or translated) historical novels, short stories, and memoirs along with a few ethnographic background texts. We pursue an intimate understanding of the experiences and cultural values of the region’s diverse peoples. The voices of writers from these nations present alternate perspectives on modern world history, as well as descriptions of human lives born from very different cultural experiences and ethnic relations.

Gen Eds: LA, BN