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Academic Year 2005/2006
Postmodern Metafictional Narratives in Contemporary Spain
FIST 279 SP
This course focuses on narratives that are essentially metafictional, that flaunt the mechanics of narration, that problematize the means and objectives of representation in and of itself, and that thereby posit serious
questions regarding truth, meaning, and the limits of knowledge. Our goal will be to see how metafiction, more than a mere literary posture, may be taken as a guise for concerns that are of a historical or cultural
The course also works as an introduction to the controversial but key concept of postmodernism, given its intrinsic relationship with historiographic metafiction this being one of the essential traits of postmodern
The course will try to built a bridge between different theoretical constructions and the socio-political reality of a country, Spain, that was considered by many "the most postmodern country in Europe" in the 80s.
Juan Goytisolo, COUNT JULIAN
Carmen Martin Gaite, THE BACK ROOM
Juan Marse, GOLDEN GIRL
Javier Marias, DARK BACK OF TIME
And also a selection of theoretical readings.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
The students will write an essay (4-5 pages long) after every novel analyzed in class. In these essays, students are expected to provide a thorough understanding of the ideas developed through the close reading of the
texts in class. Attendance,
preparation for class, and participation will be a very important part of the grade, in order to reflect the protagonism of students in a class centered on discussion. Participation includes leading several class
discussions with a classmate, after toget
her preparing a summary of the day's reading and some discussion questions that should be submitted to the professor in advance.
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Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Moreno-Nuņo,Carmen
- Times: .M...F. 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: DWNY100;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 18)
- SR. major: X Jr. major: X
- SR. non-major: X Jr. non-major: 2 SO: 8 FR: 8
- Curricular Renewal: Speaking, Writing, Focused Inquiry Course
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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