Sex, Drugs, and Shopping: Scenes of Consumption in Post-War American Fiction
Fall 2013 not offered
This course will explore the fascination with materialism, hedonism, and desire in post-World War II American fiction. These novels do not merely document the explosion of the post-war consumer economy or the transformation of the sexual culture in the years just before and then after what became known as the "sexual revolution." They seek, rather, to interlink the two: to reveal the economic logic that structures the search for sexual satisfaction and the sexual fantasies that underpin economic activity. I will be introducing key concepts from Marxism, feminism, cultural studies, and media studies to help elucidate the connections among various kinds of desires that these novels obsessively document.
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|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None