This course will be focused on late twentieth-century and early twenty-first century (millennial) American fiction (approximately 1970 to the present). An emphasis will be placed on the relation of experimental short stories and novels to mass media (such as film and television) and to key historical contexts (such as the Cold War). We will also consider works of critical theory and efforts to define “postmodernism” in culture and the arts. Additionally included among the topics that we address in this course, and that form part of ongoing critical dialogues about postmodernist literature, are: the reconstruction of history, metafiction, metanarrative, performative identities, self-reflexivity, conspiracy (conspiratorial narratives), and the multifaceted influence of popular culture and mass culture.
Varies in focus and content. Subjects addressed, in the context of current critical discourse., Students write a long research-based paper.
Emphasis on a particular theme, genre, or, movement in literature. Topic will be announced, each time the course is offered. Recent topics, have included literary representations of, childhood, Gothic literature, experimental, fiction, and films adapting fiction. May be taken, twice for credit with change of topic.
Introduction to ways of reading and writing about, literature; historical development of English, literature. Middle Ages to the end of the 18th, century.
Writing in the genre known variously as the, personal essay or narrative, memoir, or, autobiography. Introduction to traditional and, contemporary voices in this genre. Daily writing, and weekly reading of exemplars such as Seneca,, Plutarch, Montaigne, Hazlitt, Woolf, Soyinka,, Baldwin, Walker, Hampl, Dillard, Selzer, and, Lopez.
Varies according to instructor. May focus on the, common themes and patterns of influence in, British, American, or international literature by, women, or on close scrutiny of two or more, authors.