C LIT 250
Study of literature in its relation to culture. Focuses on literature as a cultural institution, directly related to the construction of individual identity and the dissemination and critique of values.
The means by which text in recent years is generated and consumed has changed. Digital technology has made it possible for published text to be instantly available, documenting even the most commonplace events in microblog narratives which are as quickly and easily generated as they are disposable. Images and sound routinely supplement text, and information is reproduced, or "reblogged," in a multitude of different contexts. We will read works of literature that respond in different ways to new modes of textual production and consumption. We will reconsider the distinctions between oral narrative and written literature, fiction and nonfiction, and the distinction between text and non-textual media. We will also reconsider the viability of genre, and the nature of text itself.
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