Candace M. Barlow
Recent efforts to change the shape and direction of the novel by such writers as Murdoch, Barth, Hawkes, Fowles, and Atwood.
For AUTUMN 2007: "Exiles and Expatriates" This course will examine contemporary novels that explore the experience of being exiled “from” or “to” the United States. We will consider: how the process of affiliating with or belonging to a particular place occurs, what it then means to be distanced from one’s home or a sense of “home,” and how the experience of being in exile or political isolation impacts individuals as well as the social groups, cultural norms, and national boundaries that they seek to alter or escape. Our readings will trace the forms that postmodern novels take in response to these concerns and questions, especially the methods authors employ to represent history, knowledge, and identity. The reading list will likely include the following authors: W.E.B. Du Bois, John Okada, Joan Didion, Philip Roth, Jamaica Kincaid, and Marilynne Robinson.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Class meetings will be based on discussion. Requirements will include response papers, a mid-term, and a final exam.