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Amy Cynthia Tang

Associate Professor of American Studies

285 Court Street, 202

Associate Professor of English

285 Court Street, 202


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BA Harvard University
PHD Stanford University

Amy Cynthia Tang

Amy Tang is Associate Professor of English and American Studies. Her research focuses on the relationship between aesthetic form and politics in Asian American literature and theory. Her book Repetition and Race: Asian American Literature After Multiculturalism (Oxford University Press, 2016), explores how Asian American writers use structures of repetition to register, and creatively inhabit, the impasses generated by multiculturalism’s politics of identity and recognition. Advancing a novel, dialectical conception of repetition that emphasizes its oscillating, suspended, reversible character, the book reinterprets the political grammar of four forms of repetition central to contemporary criticism: trauma, parody, intertextuality, and self-reflexivity. Revising our understanding of both key literary texts and the political assumptions that guide our study of them, Repetition and Race shows that repetition in Asian American culture is not simply a technology for reclaiming the past but rather a strategy for illuminating, and sometimes modeling alternatives to, the social and cultural contradictions of the present. She holds a Ph.D from Stanford University (2009) and a B.A. from Harvard University (1994).

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Spring 2018

Wednesday 1:30-2:30 and by appointment

Office location: English: 285 Court St #202



Fall 2020
CHUM 308 - 01
Asian American Posthumanisms