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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.
Short Critical Papers: 50%
Group Presentation: 15%
Final Exam (in essay format): 35%