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Tara Fickle
University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
A Digital Edition and Reconsideration of a Foundational Anthology of Asian American Literature

Creation of a digital edition of Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers (1974), a formative text in the development of Asian American Studies.

“Behind Aiiieeeee!” is a digital humanities project that examines the genesis of Asian American literature and its political and aesthetic role in contemporary America. It undertakes the first comprehensive archival analysis of Aiiieeeee!, a foundational Asian American literary anthology from the 1970s formed in the crucible of national post-civil rights struggles and global “Third World Movements” in Asia. These unpublished materials will be showcased through a series of online interactive learning modules, including an annotated hypertext version of the original edition and a visual map of the inter-ethnic and transnational networks involved. It will provide educators and students with the resources to appreciate a number of unfamiliar but seminal Asian American texts, while contributing to a scholarly understanding of how literary fiction became a powerful vehicle for synthesizing the political and aesthetic aspirations of the first generation of self-proclaimed Asian Americans.

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Project fields:
American Literature; Asian American Studies; Media Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 9/30/2017