ENGL 272 Spring 2013 American Postmodern Fiction (W)

Cross Listed as AMST272
American fiction took a turn at World War II: the simplest way to name the turn is from modernism to postmodernism. The most obvious mark of postmodern narration is its self-consciousness; postmodern books tend to be about themselves, even when they are most historical or realistic. Already a paradox emerges: why would World War II make narratives more self-reflexive? The first book in the course, and the best for approaching this paradox, is Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Subsequent books: Nabokov's Pale Fire, Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, Morrison's Beloved, DeLillo's White Noise, Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Johnson's Jesus's Son.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: four to five papers (about 20 pp); class participation
Additional Info: not available as Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English Course, or a score of 5 on the AP Examination in English Lit, or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate exam for international students
Enrollment Preference: first year students, sophomores, and English majors who have not yet taken a Gateway course
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3605
ENGL272-01(S) SEM American Postmodern Fiction (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive John K. Limon
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 141 3605
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