Fall 2011
- Breaking News: Contemporary Literature, Media and the State

This course analyzes how specific moments of social upheaval are: 1) portrayed in the media, and 2) transformed into art. Our primary aim is to enhance your skills of reading, writing, and interpretation by learning how to “decode” fiction, t.v., the news, and film. The course presents viewpoints not represented in the mainstream media. We shall ask such questions as, “How does one represent History?”  “What does citizenship mean, domestically & globally?”  Writers selected from the following:  Margaret Atwood; Joan Didion, Don DeLillo; Edwidge Danticat; Susan Choi;  Gloria Anzaldua; Sherman Alexie, Kazuo Ishiguro, J.M. Coetzee, Anna Deavere Smith. Multimedia component: films dealing w/  war, the environment, human rights, 9/11. Requirements:  1-2 short (2-3pp.) and 1 longer (5-7pp) papers; quizzes, midterm & final exam.