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Erin Suzuki

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles)

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Research interests: Asian American literature, Pacific Island literatures, 20th and 21st century American literature, transpacific studies

Erin Suzuki received her BA from Brown University and her PhD from UCLA. Her forthcoming book, Ocean Passages: Navigating Pacific Islander and Asian American Literatures (Temple University Press) analyzes the ways that Asian American and Indigenous Pacific subjectivities have been constructed against and alongside one another in the wake of the colonial conflicts that have shaped the modern transpacific.

“The Transpacific Subject in Asian American Literature,” with Aimee Bahng. Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture, ed. Josephine Lee. Oxford University Press, January 2020.

“And the View From the Ship: Setting Asian American Studies Asail.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 4.2 (Fall 2018), 44-52.

“Beasts From the Deep.” Journal of Asian American Studies 20.1 (2017), 11-28.
—Reprinted in The Monster Theory Reader, ed. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

“Postcolonialism and Asian American Studies.” Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies, ed. Cindy I-Fen Cheng. New York: Routledge (2016), 52-64.

“America’s Empire and the Asia-Pacific: Constructing Hawai‘i and the Philippines,” with Denise Cruz. Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature, eds. Daniel Kim and Crystal Parikh. New York: Cambridge University Press (2015), 16-28.

“Cheesiness as Neocolonial Aesthetic.” Amerasia Journal 40.2 (2014), 46-66.

“Transpacific.” Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Island Literatures, ed. Rachel Lee. New York: Routledge (2014), 352-364.

“Genealogy and Geography in Patricia Grace’s Tu.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies 58.1 (Spring 2012), 112-127

“Haunted Homelands: Negotiating Locality in Father of the Four Passages.” MFS Modern Fiction Studies 56.1 (Spring 2010), 160-182

“Frauds and Gods: The Politics of Religion in Melville’s Omoo and Mardi.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 53.4 (2007), 360-386

“Consuming Desires: Melancholia and Consumption in Blu’s Hanging.” MELUS 31.1 (Spring 2006), 35-52
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