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Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-2 pm| Location: Harvard Hall 201
In this class, we will examine novels and short stories published since 1945 in Britain and the United States. Though certain themes naturally emerge — belonging and not belonging; immigration and emigration; estrangement, race and post-colonial politics; liberalism and the importance of “noticing” others; the role of realism and the various postmodern movements in reaction to realism — the primary emphasis is on learning how to read slowly, and learning how to enjoy, appreciate and properly judge a living, contemporary literature.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 am-12 pm | Location: Emerson 101
This course looks at the scene of contemporary American fiction via the work of someone whom many-perhaps controversially-have called the writer of his generation: David Foster Wallace. This year we will pay particular attention to influences on Wallace: Pynchon, Barth, Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Ozick, Borges, Kafka.Read more »
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10-11 am | Location: Harvard 202
Discussion of African American novels, plays and poetry produced since the 1960s. Among other topics, we will discuss the Black Arts Movement, the renaissance of black women authors in the 1970s, the rise of the neo-slave narrative, and black postmodern texts. Major authors will include but not be limited to Ishmael Reed, Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, Samuel Delaney, Adrienne Kennedy, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Colson Whitehead.Read more »