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Making History in the Contemporary American Novel
ENGL 343 SP
Despite the threat to history that some critics see lurking in postmodernism, much recent American fiction is preoccupied with the past. This course will explore the different kinds of historicism fostered by
novelists. 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
history and how it shapes our understanding of the postmodern.
Selected criticism and theory.
Norman Mailer, ARMIES OF THE NIGHT
Toni Morrison, BELOVED
Don DeLillo, LIBRA
Phillip Roth, AMERICAN PASTORAL
Michael Ondaatje, COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
One short and one long essay, mutiple resposne papers
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
This course is open to majors and non-majors.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Bachner,Sally
- Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: DWNY113;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 35)
- SR. major: 8 Jr. major: 8
- SR. non-major: 7 Jr. non-major: 7 SO: 5 FR: X
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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