Mapping the Post Modern: Literature in the Information Age
This interdisciplinary course will explore some of the central issues of postmodernity--memory and history, representation and technology, subjectivity and gender--through the fiction of such authors as Borges, Calvino, Wittig, Achebe, Lessing, Robinson, Morrison, Thomas, DeLillo, and Stephenson; the hybrid works of Phillips, Spiegelman and Ballard; viewings of films (_True Romance_, _Blade Runner_, others tbd) and television programs (MST3000, TV Nation). We will also examine how theorists such as Jameson, Spivak, Baudrillard, Butler, Cixous, and Haraway have approached these issues.
All foreign-language texts will be taught in translation. Course requirements will include a midterm and final exam, and two papers.
Note: This course is designed for graduate students in the "Masters of Liberal Arts Program" but *is* open to advanced undergraduate English majors.