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Amy Cynthia Tang

Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of English and American Studies

Associate Professor of American Studies

285 Court Street, 202

Associate Professor of English

285 Court Street, 202

Chair, American Studies


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BA Harvard University
PHD Stanford University

Amy Cynthia Tang

Amy Tang is the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet 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), shortlisted for the 2017 Association for the Arts of the Present Book Prize, 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. Currently, she is working on a book on posthuman aesthetics in Asian American literature. She holds a Ph.D from Stanford University (2009) and a B.A. from Harvard University (1994).

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Fall 2020

Tuesday 3-4 and by appointment





Fall 2021
ENGL 230A - 01
Intro to Asian American Lit

Spring 2022
AMST 320 - 01
Asian American Posthumanisms

ENGL 201L - 01
Ways of Reading: Difference