ENGL 272 Spring 2015 American Postmodern Fiction

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' Son.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers, 3-4 pp., 4-6 pp., and 6-8 pp; class participation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and first-year students
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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
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives, ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3596
ENGL 272 - 01 (S) SEM American Postmodern Fiction Division 1: Languages and the Arts John K. Limon
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 5 3596
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