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Year 2019  School Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Course Title
English and American Literature 5-1: Seminar

Instructor CHAN, Edward K.
Term/Day/Period spring semester  Thur.3
Category Core Subjects (Seminars) Eligible Year 1st year and above Credits 2
Classroom 33-1415 Campus Toyama
Course Key 34Z1282879 Course Class Code 01
Main Language English
  Course Code LITE681S
First Academic disciplines Literature
Second Academic disciplines Literature in English
Third Academic disciplines Others
Level Level of Master Types of lesson Seminar

Syllabus Information

Latest Update:2019/03/05 16:55:04

Subtitle Postmodernism and the American Novel I
Course Outline  This course will examine conceptions of postmodernism as it relates to literature through essays and American “novels” (to be discussed in class). In particular, we will explore the intersection between postmodernism and racial/ethnic issues.
Objectives  Students will gain familiarity with postmodern literary theory and a few exemplary novels. Students will also develop their skills in close reading and applying literary theory to texts.
before/after course of study  Weekly reading assignments will be about 60-90 pages per week for fiction.
Course Schedule  第1回 Course introduction
 第2回 Fredric Jameson, “Postmodernism, Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” (1984/1991)
 第3回 Ihab Hassan, “Toward a Concept of Postmodernism” (1987)
 第4回 Donna Haraway, “Cyborg Manifesto” (1985)
 第5回 Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1965)
 第6回 Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1965)
 第7回 Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1976)
 第8回 Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1976)
 第9回 Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1976)
 第10回 Ana Castillo, The Mixquiahuala Letters (1987)
 第11回 Ana Castillo, The Mixquiahuala Letters (1987)
 第12回 Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993)
 第13回 Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993)
 第14回 Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993)
 第15回 Course wrap-up
Textbooks  Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 ISBN: 978-0099532613 (Kindle version available)
 Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior ISBN: 978-1447275220 (Kindle version available)
 Ana Castillo, The Mixhquiahuala Letters ISBN: 978-0385420136
 Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ISBN: 978-0802121998 (Kindle version available)
Evaluation  Final paper: 50%
 Participation: 50%

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