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- ItemPerformance, Literature and the Archive(2017-01) Pryor, JaclynAn examination of the uses of performance theory for reading 19th, 20th, and 21st- century American literature. This course uses performance theory, which grapples with questions of embodiment, eventfulness, gesture, identity, presence, repetition, reproduction, script, and timing, to ask what kind of relations these texts enact or make possible within an American tradition, and how they register but also transform the histories that haunt them.
- ItemAdvanced Fiction Writing(2017-01) Solomon, AsaliStudents in the Advanced Fiction Workshop will not only continue to hone the basic elements of their fiction, including character development, dialogue,plot and prose style, but will focus much of their efforts on revision and the process of "finishing" a story.
- ItemIn the American Strain: Music in Writing 1855-1975(2017-01) Devaney, ThomasThe seminar is an investigation of music in American literature. Walt Whitman was immersed in opera; Emily Dickinson was steeped in the hymnbook; Zora Neale Hurston in folksong; Amiri Baraka in the blues and bebop;John Cage in silence. We will explore how poetic music and ‘music’ diverge, but also look at the ways in which music and poetry have fed and inspired each other.
- ItemThe Novel(2017-01) Mohan, RajeswariThis course is a survey of the British novel in the 20th C, during which radical transformations were wrought in conventions of realism, characterization, plot, and narration. Texts include novels by Conrad, Woolf, Joyce, Greene, Carter, Fowles, Rushdie, and McEwan.
- ItemPostcolonial Women Writers(2017-01) Mohan, RajeswariThis course will focus on writings by women from a range of postcolonial societies, and examine the ways they intervene in and energize aesthetic and political discourses that critique gender arrangements. In particular, we will explore the ways writers use diverse narrative traditions such as folklore, fable, and memoir--as well as, more recently, digital writing styles--to give voice to their particular historical, cultural, and political perspectives. We will also trace the play of irony, parody, and mimicry as writers figure their ambivalent positions as women, especially around issues of modernity, sexuality, religion, nation, globalization, and development.