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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Selected criticism and theory.
Norman Mailer, ARMIES OF THE NIGHT
Don DeLillo, LIBRA
Phillip Roth, AMERICAN PASTORAL
Michael Ondaatje, COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER
Edward P. Jones, THE KNOWN WORLD
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short and one long essay, multiple response papers
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is open to majors and non-majors.
|Instructor(s): Bachner,Sally Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: FISK210; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 7||JR non-major: 6||SO: 3||FR: X|
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