COMPLIT 730 - Seminar in Literary Movements and Periods
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Both modernist studies and American studies staked claims to having been made “new” in the 1990s, thus participating in the discourse of exceptionality that has led these domains of thought and cultural production to produce both fascinating and, at times, troubling results. The inclusionary expansions of “New Modernisms” and the “New American Studies” fall under several rubrics: comparative studies, global/planetary cultures, new & mixed media, multiethnic literatures, and long modernisms, among others. These areas of research have opened up a wide range of inter- and intra-national comparative questions, such as those of genre and form, trans/gender, migrancy, labor, new materialism, language and translation, sexualities, race, states of precarity, and visual and sound studies.

We’ll examine key trends shaping multiethnic modernist fiction in a broad historical context, starting with emergent U.S. imperial and racialist modernity, from 1890s views of U.S. immigration and territorial expansion to 1930s and 40s depictions of migration and racialized labor. Then we’ll pursue similar aspects of late-20th and early-21st narrative and transmedia experiments with the novel form to ask if modernisms endure not only in the postmodern period, but also in contemporary Information Age cultures. Approaching modernism in this capacious historical framework enables a wide range of comparative contexts regarding language, media/platform, nationalism/globality, gender and sexuality, narrative form, and memory/futurity. Our course material will engage these topics through literatures of mixed, translated, and artificial languages, feminist and anti-racialist themes and forms, and avant-garde treatments of sex and sexuality.

COMPLIT 730 - Seminar in Literary Movements and Periods
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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