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This course will examine ways in which literary works reflect on their status as texts. We’ll look at the formal pleasures and puzzles generated by techniques including frame narratives, recursion, and self-reference, in novels, films, and stories by Vladimir Nabokov, Octavia Butler, Kelly Link, Paul Park, and others. Ultimately, we will use the study of metafiction to focus a larger inquiry into the socializing force of self-consciousness in human development. Note that students will be required to use, as well as interpret, metafictional techniques in their assigned writing.
Format: seminar; online discussion
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
several short exercises; four or five papers of increasingly complexity, totaling 22 pages; consistent attendance and participation; a love of reading, and a willingness to reread
first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course; sophomores
Students write five essays with considerable feedback from the instructor.