ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Fall 2023, Section 005 - Postmodern America: 20th Century American Postmodern Literature
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Description

This course begins by defining postmodernity, both as a condition of American life and as a literary theory. Our reading starts with essays by Frederic Jameson, Jean Baudrillard, and Walker Percy to describe the postmodern condition and how we attempt to navigate a commodified, technologically-driven society in the search for truth and meaning. We will then turn our attention to writers who explore the confusions, sorrows, and occasional hilarity of postmodern life, including novels by Don DeLillo, Kurt Vonnegut, Zadie Smith, and George Saunders.

This course satisfies the following CURRENT English major/minor requirements: American Literature, Identity / Difference

This course satisfies the following NEW English major/minor requirements: Foundations & Methods (300/400-level), Regions (Americas, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland), Time (Contemporary/Modern)

Course Requirements:

This course requires regular attendance and participation in lectures and discussion. Students will complete two shorter papers (3-5 pages) and a final research paper (10-12 pages). There are no exams in this course.

Intended Audience:

This course is accessible to all undergraduate students at all levels. 

Schedule

ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
22439
Open
2
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
004 (LEC)
 In Person
34145
Open
3
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
005 (LEC)
 In Person
34195
Open
2
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23
006 (LEC)
 In Person
34249
Open
6
 
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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