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Selected Writings of E. L. Doctorow



Please understand that this syllabus is provisional and may need to be compressed/ shortened for reasons of time (= first block).

Week 1

General Introduction: E. L. Doctorow - A Life of & in Letters

Week 2

Ragtime- The Cliches are Having a Ball

Week 3–4

Gothic Gotham, or, Batman in the Geriatric Ward

The Waterworks

Week 5–6

City of God / City of Bits: Signs, Signals, Networks

City of God (2000)

Week 7–8

Utah on the Brain - Narrative, Cognitive Science, and the Late Age of the Humanities

Andrew's Brain

Should you have time for additional readings, beyond the limits of our course, let me please suggest the following: (a)The Book of Daniel (1971); (b) The March (2005); (c) Collected Short Stories (2017). I will try to integrate these texts and selections into our discussion, as appropriate.

Below are additional links to useful websites on E. L. Doctorow's work - to be enlarged.  Please stay tuned! :)

Concluding Note


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