Contemporary Asian American Literature and Popular Visual Culture: New Reading and Teaching Practices

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Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies Special Issue
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Whether through graphic novels, filmic adaptations, digital Internet memoirs, or authors' blogs, contemporary Asian American literature is increasingly linked to popular visual culture. Indeed, Asian American literature often reaches a broad audience through a media landscape which foregrounds screens, big and small. This special issue of Asian American Literature: Discourses and Pedagogies invites scholars and critics to explore the visual dimensions, expressions, and projections of Asian American literature. It especially welcomes contributions that highlight reading and pedagogical approaches designed to address the relationship between Asian American literary and popular visual culture. Essays may discuss how literary texts expand or contest established concepts of spectacle, spectatorship, fandom, fetishism, gaze theory, visual pleasure, or cultural citizenship. Essays may also consider newer concepts, such as "cosmetic multiculturalism" (Lisa Nakamura), "oriental style" (Jane Chi Hyun Park), or "media convergence" and the ways in which literary genres and tropes are re-made through encounters with new media forms in the process of "re-mediation." Other possible topics include the importance of Asian American literary texts that "crossover" to visual or digital media for the vitality of the contemporary novel in general or ethnic literature more specifically. Finally, contributions may consider the particular meanings of visibility and visuality for Asian Americans in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, an era in which post-racial aesthetics and colorblind rhetorics have carried considerable sway in US culture at the same time that racial profiling proliferates a post-9/11 society.

Articles must be between 2,000-7,000 words. Book reviews on related texts are also welcome. Book reviews must be under 1,000 words. Please follow the most current MLA format. Please address all inquiries for this Special Issue to Dr. Pamela Thoma,

Full articles must be submitted by July 1, 2013 online at