ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 008 Fictions of Realism
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When we dismiss someone’s idea with the phrase “get real,” what kinds of judgments and values do we put in play? And what does it mean for a work of art to seem “real,” and why do so many people prefer books and movies and paintings that resemble the world we know? And when we refer to what happens “outside” the confines of our university lives as the “real world,” what fictions are we telling ourselves? And what other aesthetic objects, from selfies to #nofilter photos of last night’s dinner, do we rely on to “keep it real”? For real, I’m asking.

We’ll begin our investigation of this aesthetic fixation with the rise of literary realism in the late 19th century. In our course, we will approach texts written by self-described realist and naturalist authors who used new collections of representation—the genres of literary realism and literary naturalism—in the aftermath of the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction to promote a more egalitarian nation (realism) and to address social, political, and economic crises (naturalism). From this foundation, we’ll examine a range of 20th century iterations of realist fiction, including contemporary digital life narratives.

We will establish a context for discussion by engaging theories of genre and analyses of realism and naturalism, and then we will read short stories by writers as diverse as Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles Chesnutt, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Stephen Crane, Sui Sin Far, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather. Their stories produce occasionally complementary, often clashing images of America that together undermine assumptions about reality as such. In the light of realist and naturalist narratives, contemporary socio-economic problems might seem uncomfortably familiar, so we will briefly compare a selection of late 20th century and early 21st century fiction to these foundational texts—works by John Cheever, Raymond Carver, and Susan Perabo, for example. Finally, we will ask how we compose ourselves using realist digital narratives that we “publish” and consume through social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Periscope.

As an introduction to college writing, this course will focus on writing as a process. For each major writing assignment, you will utilize a customized writing process that will include generative and organizational pre-writing, drafting (yes, you will, in fact, write more than one draft!), peer- and self-revision, proofreading, and preparing a final draft. By pairing the development of critical reading and writing skills, this course will prepare you for engaging with writing prompts in other courses and other rhetorical situations.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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ISBN: 0140268308
The portable American realism reader, Author: edited and with introductions by James Nagel and Tom Quirk., Publisher: Penguin Books [Repr.] 1997
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