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    The Metritis Complex in Cattle

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    The Story/History of Japan: Producing Knowledge by Integrating the Study of Japanese Literature and Japanese History

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    This essay discusses the benefits to student learning when we integrate the study of Japanese literature and Japanese history through the curricular model of "linked courses."  The essay begins by examining the process of linking an introductory Japanese literature course and introductory Japanese history course, and continues by explaining its pedagogical advantages.  Specifically, the collaboration of literary and historical study provides students greater access to the material and, subsequently, the opportunity for deeper analysis.  Students can better understand how historical context informs the literature and how literary representation enhances historical knowledge.  But in addition, this teaching model provokes broader questions about the production of knowledge itself: the disciplinary integration creates a learning environment in which we can ask how we know what we know, or in this case, how we come to understand both the "story" and the "history" of Japan

    Narrating Americanization: space and form in U.S. immigrant writing, 1890-1927

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    Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1999This dissertation addresses a component of U.S. immigrant writing that literary scholarship has generally neglected: the relationship between aesthetics and place. Drawing on theories of ethnicity, nation, and space, I argue that the particular features of an immigrant group and the region where it settles produce narratives that complicate how we understand processes of Americanization. I structure my analysis around three major forces of U.S. culture that appear at the intersection of immigrant literary expression and space: labor, law, and landscape. Each of these forces, I contend, exerts distinct pressures on stories of American life and determines the individualized nature of writing by different immigrant groups set in different parts of the United States. While historians and literary critics tend to espouse a unified master narrative of immigrant assimilation, this dissertation argues that multiple versions of Americanization and multiple conceptions of American space emerge as products of the localized aesthetics that the writers of immigrant experience create.To that end, this project focuses on the narratives describing settlement at the turn of the twentieth century by specific immigrant groups in three regions of the United States: stories of Jewish immigrants in New York City's Jewish ghetto (by Abraham Cahan, Rose Schneiderman, and Theresa Malkiel), stories of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco's Chinatown and Angel Island (in Songs of Gold Mountain, Island, and by Sui Sin Far), and stories of Norwegian and Bohemian immigrants on the Midwest's prairie farmland (by O. E. Rolvaag and Willa Cather). In each chapter I first examine the manner in which particular economic, sociological, legal, and political discourses define these American spaces and dictate perceptions of immigrant identities within. I then analyze the literary methods by which the writers respond to these definitions as they narrate their respective place through immigrant experience. Their work constructs what Henri Lefebvre has called "representational spaces," and in that production they reconceptualize the place and, consequently, their own Americanness. This function of immigrant literature---which, in turn, shapes its form---enriches our perceptions of American identity and our readings of the American nation