Picador Seminars by Don Mee Choi in the Winter Term 2021/22

As part of her tenure in the winter term of 2021/21, Picador Professor Don Mee Choi will teach two classes at American Studies Leipzig.

Asian American Poetry

Tuesday, 3 - 5 pm, GWZ 3516

In this course, we will explore some of the literary innovations generated by contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander poets. We will examine their poetic/textual innovations in the contexts of war, colonization, migration, diaspora identity, inherited memory and trauma, and resistance. We will also examine how Asian American culture and identity is marketed and consumed. We will read and discuss works by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Jennifer Hayashida, Cathy Park Hong, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Hoa Nguyen, Barbara Jane Reyes, Craig Santos Perez, Prageeta Sharma, Brandon Shimoda, Divya Victor, and Jeffrey Yang.

This seminar is part of the MA module “Consumption, Culture, and Identity.”


Poetry Writing

Monday, 3 - 5 pm, GWZ 3516

Poet Forest Gander notes that the act of writing poetry is one of the least predatory acts that one can engage in. We will delve into the act of writing poetry by reading and discussing poetry across cultures and languages to explore its thematic and formal possibilities. We will write short and long poems, prose poems, homophonic translation poems, fairy-tale poems, letter-and-diary poems, mixed-media poems, documentary poems, and erasure poems. We will have regular in-class poetry readings and offer supportive feedback on peer work. The final project will involve generating an individual or collaborative chapbook (about 10-12 poems).

This class, formally comprising a 45-minute seminar followed by a 45-minute tutorial, forms the BA Professional Skills Module “Creative Writing: Imagining America” (5 credits). More information on this module is available here.