Study of various cultural, racial and literary traditions through comparison of two or more ethnic literatures. Students will think through the theoretical problems of comparison, which insist on maintaining historical specificity even while developing nuanced formulations of hybridity and cross-cultural dialogue. For example: Prof. S. Moynihan, Asian American and African American Literature This course brings together Asian American and African American texts to destabilize our understandings of race; to situate racial formations in political and historical moments marked by the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and national and transnational affiliations; and to consider how literary strategies facilitate political engagement with these issues. The course will proceed in four parts. Part I Racial Ambiguity and the Dynamics of Passing; Part II Formations of Racial Consciousness in National and Transnational Discourses; Part III Gender and the Contradictions of Resistance; and Part IV Historical Legacies, Cultural Re-imaginings.