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A (Not So) Arbitrary Triumvirate



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 (you have done your own search) to additional specific sources, if necessary. All essay materials listed below are available online or on ereserve. Remember to introduce the ideas you've sketched out in your WRP into our class discussion and to pose the substantive questions you bring to class.  (I will collect them at the end 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

General Introduction

Week 2–3

Of Mice and Men: Transitioning and Spying For World Peace

             Of topical interest:

Week 4–5

Literature, Exile, and the Reach of the Big Brother

Week 6–7

Caught Between Two Worlds

Week 8–9

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

Week 10–11

Counselor Troi in the Maghreb: Literature, Genetics, and the Need for Empathy

Week 12–14

The Endgame for Ents, or, Writing Over the Top: An Arboreal Epic for Our Time

Week 15–16

Student Project Thumbnails, Artificial Summary & Conclusion

*** Essay hard copy due date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019 (post-taxes) ***

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last updated, 16 April 2019

Concluding Note


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