ENGL 322
Borges, Nabokov, Beckett Spring 2022
Division I

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Jorge Luis Borges, Vladimir Nabokov, and Samuel Beckett were the three most influential writers in western fiction during the 1960s and 1970s; they helped to turn literary history from modernism to post-modernism. What they share is extreme self-consciousness of two kinds: the self is a labyrinth; the text is a labyrinth. Though born around the turn of the twentieth century, each came to international prominence only after the catastrophe of World War II. Unable to follow their modernist teachers in conceiving of art as the last best hope for the redemption of history, Borges, Nabokov, and Beckett each offered a unique, complex, and witty intelligence as compensation.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3862
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: There will be three formal writing exercises of increasing length and weight; participation in class discussions will also be a factor in the final grade.
Prerequisites: A 100-level English course, or a 5 on the AP literature exam, or a 6 or 7 on the advanced English IB exam.
Enrollment Preferences: English majors, then prospective English majors.
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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