ENGL479W - Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800; Experimental Fiction and Narrative Theory
We will start out reading some fairly straightforward works and quickly go on to examine much more unusual fictions and finally to some very radical works. Texts will include many or all of the following: the stories of Felipe Alfau, Jorge Luis Borges, Samuel Beckett, and Margaret Atwood, assorted texts by Gertrude Stein and Alain Robbe-Grillet,, Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter,” Anna Kavan’s Ice, plays by Caryl Churchill and Harold Pinter, and a hyperfiction. We will study narrative theory to get a basic grasp on the fundamental categories of narrative, such as the narrator, character, plot, closure, frames, the nature of fictionality, and the role of the reader.  We will probably spend 50% of class time on narrative theory; 50% on the exploration of the literary works. Requirements: 2-3 short papers, 1 midterm, 1 longer paper (8-10 pp), 1 take-home final.
Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.