Rebecca S. Rauve
Intensive examination of one or a few major works of literature. Classroom work to develop skills of careful and critical reading. Book selection varies, but reading consists of major works by important authors and of selected supplementary materials.
For AUTUMN 2007: Identity Crisis: The Making of Modern and Postmodern Subjectivity. In this course we’ll investigate the factors that shape representations of the self in British Modernism and American Postmodernism. In the process of comparing and contrasting the two notions of selfhood, we will:
Develop an understanding of what is meant by the terms “Modernism” and “Postmodernism.”
Consider our own assumptions about the self. Is it a biological adaptation? A social construct? A pure, disembodied consciousness? Some mixture of these?
Examine the political, social, and ethical ramifications that attend varying conceptions of the self.
Texts for the course will include D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, Don DeLillo’s White Noise, Carole Maso’s The Art Lover, and Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
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