Spring 2011
- Postmodern Literature

Traces the development of postmodernism in literature, culture, & media, with an emphasis on globalization; technology; race, class, & gender; the mixture of High/Low culture; narrative codes & textuality. The course combines close reading with analysis of theoretical methodologies (Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic). Authors selected from the following: John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse; Don DeLillo, MaoII, Underworld, or Point Omega; J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace or Diary of a Bad Year; Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita; Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran; Phillip Roth, The Human Stain; Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale; Ian McEwan, Saturday; Pat Barker, Regeneration Trilogy or Double Vision; Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot; Cormac McCarthy, The Road; Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go; Chang rae Lee, Aloft. Media component: analysis of visual culture (tv, film, digital). Requirements: 1 short (5-7pp) and 1 longer (9-11pp) research papers; 2 exams; intensive collaboration w/ classmates. Rigorous emphasis on writing, revision, & research. Students not present from the first day forward will have difficulty catching up.


Two English courses in literature or permission of department.