Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4760 ROMERO, CHANNETTE TR 9:30 AM 0126

Description

This course will introduce students to two key trends in contemporary U.S. literature:  an obsession with the past, and an obsession with the future.  The first half of the class will focus on contemporary U.S. literature's fascination with, and challenges to, history.  We will discuss how this literature interrogates history, how representation relates to past events, and what is gained and lost in a critical examination of America's past.  The second half of the course will explore contemporary writers’ portrayals of the U.S’s possible futures, many of which wrestle with utopian and dystopian principles.  We will explore how these literary imaginings of the future interrogate contemporary American values, national identity, and, ultimately, literature’s ability to represent the present meaningfully.

Assignments

Short Critical Papers:  50%

Group Presentation: 15%

Final Exam (in essay format):  35%

Material

REQUIRED TEXTS (available at the university bookstore)

E.L. Doctorow, Homer & Langley (ISBN:  9780812975635) 

Toni Morrison, Beloved (ISBN:  1400033411)

Don DeLillo, Libra (ISBN:  0140156046)

Cormac McCarthy, The Road (ISBN: 0307387895)

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower (ISBN: 0446675504)

Blake Hausman, Riding the Trail of Tears (ISBN:  9780803239265)

Additional required texts are posted on the ELC class page (www.elc.uga.edu).