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Higashida, Cheryl A Associate Professor


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  • Cheryl Higashida works on African American, ethnic, and radical literatures, and on American and gender studies. Her essays have appeared in American Literature, American Quarterly, and Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian Americans. Her book, Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995, examines the feminist tradition that emerged from the post-World War II Harlem-based Left. She is currently researching sound technology, social movements, and race in the 20th and 21st centuries.


  • African American literature, Asian American literature, American Studies, gender and sexuality studies


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courses taught

  • ENGL 1800 - American Ethnic Literatures
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces significant fiction by ethnic Americans. Explores both the literary and the cultural elements that distinguish work by these writers. Emphasizes materials from Native American, African American, and Chicano traditions.
  • ENGL 2058 - Twentieth- and Twentyfirst-Century Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Surveys the major literary trends in prose and poetry from 1900 to the present in the Anglo-American tradition of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature. Provides students with a grounding in the major authors and motifs of 20th- and 21st-century in literature in conjunction with political and cultural changes across the periods.
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 2115 - American Frontiers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2021
    Considers the backdrop of the American West in literature, film, photography and computer gaming. Focuses on a range of narratives and images depicting this wide swathe of American geography while simultaneously cultivating close reading skills, digital media analysis and film analysis that will aid in deeper insights at the textual level.
  • ENGL 2737 - Survey of African American Literature 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Surveys African American literature from the Deprssion to the present. Same as ETHN 2732.
  • ENGL 3235 - American Novel
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Surveys the American novel. Covers the early development of the American novel, its rise in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, and its contemporary expressions. Students will be introduced to theories of the novel, the major movements and authors, as well as the characteristics that define the American novel as unique.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4685 - Special Topics in American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores a special topic in American literature. May be repeated for a total of 9 units for different topics.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5169 - Multicultural/Postcolonial Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces graduate level study of ethnic American and/or postcolonial writing in English, including relevant theoretical discourse. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ETHN 2732 - Survey of African American Literature 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Surveys African American literature from the Deprssion to the present. Same as ENGL 2737.


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