Contesting American History: Fiction After 1967|
Fall 2018 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 theories of history fostered by novelists over the past five 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, how it shapes our understanding of the past, and what claims for and against fiction it makes.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Don DeLillo, LIBRA
Phillip Roth, AMERICAN PASTORAL
Simon Schama, DEAD CERTAINTIES
Norman Mailer, THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT
Edward P. Jones, THE KNOWN WORLD
Toni Morrison, BELOVED
Michael Ondaatje, COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short and one longer essay plus regular ungraded inquiry papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is open to majors and non-majors excluding first-year students.