this course, we will be looking at the ways different women writers in Hawai‘i
engage, challenge, and transform historical, economic, and political
conditions. We will begin by examining the historical problems that attend
women’s attempts to write about their gendered experiences before turning to
the strategies they use to write through the layers of cultural silences
imposed upon their writing. As we
foreground gender issues, we will also examine the ways in which constructions
of gender are dependent upon constructions of ethnicity/race, class, sexual
orientation and other forms of difference within a framework of U.S.
occupation. We will be thinking the material conditions each woman speaks to,
and we will be asking ourselves questions about the narrative strategies of
resistance these women writers use not only to represent but also to bring
about changes in those conditions. To map out our own positions as readers, we
will also be asking questions about the ways we read these texts: what are our
assumptions about literary interpretation, and how do these texts challenge
Requirements: To help us
think about the different strategies we use to write about literature, the course requirements will include four 4-page
papers, six informal reaction papers, peer-editing work, a group presentation,
a final exam, attendance, and participation.
Required Texts (available at Revolution Books): Queen
Lili‘uokalani, HAWAII’S STORY BY HAWAII’S QUEEN; Juliet Kono, HILO RAINS;
Lois-Ann Yamanaka, WILD MEAT AND THE BULLY BURGERS; Nora Okja Keller, FOX GIRL;
Lee Cataluna, FOLKS YOU MEET IN LONGS; Haunani-Kay Trask, LIGHT IN THE CREVICE
NEVER SEEN. A required course reader
will include works by Donna Tanigawa, Kapulani Landgraf, ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui, Eiko Kosasa, Peggy
Choy, Ida Yoshinaga, Dana Naone Hall, Momiala Kamahele, Ann Inoshita, Darlene
Rodrigues, Violet Harada, and others.
The reader will be available during the second week of classes.