April 20, 2008

Get Yer Summer Reading On!


I really just wanted to use this picture again. I mean, it's a photo of summer, and it's in Southeast Asia.

Despite my previous melodrama about never teaching again, et cetera, et cetera, I'll be teaching what promises to be an exciting class at UC Berkeley this summer. Lots of moving parts, and I'm not sure yet how it all fits, but it will:

Cultures, Texts and Politics of Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Studies 138
July 7 - August 15
7233 Dwinelle Hall
MTWTF 10-12

This seminar examines Southeast Asia from the late colonial era to the present through literary and visual lenses. Utilizing a wide range of sources including novels, films, ethnographies, photographs, and scholarly articles, we will explore shifting conceptions of national and regional identity, and the form of the modern nation-state, throughout modern Southeast Asian history. How is Southeast Asia, both as a region and as an area of study, seen in texts from postcolonial and transnational frameworks? How do these texts contribute to emergent or state-sponsored nationalisms? How do affective elements, like memory, laughter, and longing, engage with forms of the national? This class will also encourage students to fashion a critical perspective regarding the authorial voice and the sociohistorical circumstances under which the texts were produced.

It's too short to actually assign a book a week, but this is as close as it gets. In alphabetical order:

- Couperus, The Hidden Force
- Duong, Novel without a Name
- Hagedorn, Dream Jungle
- Orwell, Burmese Days
- Rizal, Noli Me Tangere

And no summer's complete without your summer movies -- list still way subject to change, with a documentary or two tossed in, and just excerpts from one or two instead:

- Ahmad, Sepet
- Bahr and Hickenlooper, Hearts of Darkness
- Bernal, Himala
- Coppola, Apocalypse Now
- Davis, Hearts and Minds
- Fuentes, Bontoc Eulogy
- Monnikendam, Mother Dao the Turtlelike
- Phan, S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
- and maybe Weerasethakul, Mysterious Object at Noon, if I can figure out how to teach it.

And of course, a (short) reader of different essays and short stories and maybe some poetry somewhere there. As I wrote earlier, lots of moving parts...

Posted by the wily filipino at April 20, 2008 07:04 PM