Fall 2007 not offered
The American novel of the late 1960s onward is preoccupied with history and the American past. Indeed, this obsession with history is central to what critics mean when they talk about postmodernism. This course will explore the different kinds of historicism fostered by novelists over the past four decades. What visions of American history do these novels construct and contest? How, if at all, do they change our notion of what counts as history? This course will try to understand what is at stake in the turn to history and how it shapes our understanding of the postmodern.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Selected criticism and theory.
Toni Morrison, BELOVED
Don DeLillo, LIBRA
Phillip Roth, AMERICAN PASTORAL
Joan Didion, THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER
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One short and one long essay, and a final exam.
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This course is open to majors and non-majors excluding first-year students.
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