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Global Contemporary Fiction



This reading schedule (as well as the section titles) is meant to be suggestive only. Take a plunge when you sign up for your talks/seminar facilitation, and please clarify the focus of your presentation with me in advance. I will then also direct you (after you have done your own search) to additional specific sources, if necessary. All essay materials listed below are available online or on ereserve. Remember, your WRP are due at the beginning of each class! As always, please avail yourselves of CAL PAL, the Contemporary American Literature Pal, as a companion website to this course.

Week 1–2

Introduction: What is postmodern/contemporary/global American literature? How many are there?

Week 3–4

Of Mice and Men: Transitioning and Spying For World Peace

Week 5–6

Radicalism Abroad & Nation Building: Naxalism, Ecology, and the Burden of Migration

*** Week 8, Notebook (2) due***
Week 7–9

Radicalism at Home & Nation Building: Weather Underground and the Burden of History

Week 10–11

Fluid Capital - Fluid Borders? American Literature with Enormous Wings

Week 12–13

Historical Caesura and the American Trauma

Week 14–15

Literature, Genetics, Cognition, and Everything Else

*** Essay hard copy due date: Tue, 6 December 2016 ***
Please consult the Editing Checklist in the Toolbox for essential pointers regarding your essay

Concluding Note


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