Summer 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6360 Section 05A
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Course Title
Literature of the Twentieth Century

Description of Course:

HUSL 6360 may focus on twentieth-century British, European, American, Latin American, or Asian contexts. This semester we will juxtapose "realistic" and "fantastic" literature from the later part of the twentieth and first decade of the twenty-first centuries as active in the creation of social discourse. How does the production of literature respond to the social events of its time? More specifically, what are the possibilities and constraints of literature in the assessment and portrayal of sometimes catastrophic social upheaval? This course seeks to encourage open discussion and has the potential to be of value to graduate students seeking to understand the relation of literature to the time of its production, and students seeking to learn, refresh, or extend skills related to the presentation of material at academic conferences.

Required Texts:

David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross*
Frank Miller, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Don DeLillo, Falling Man
Alden Bell, The Reapers are the Angels

The course may utilize e-reserve for excerpts from contextual materials such as Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, Rachel Carson's The Silent Spring, and Don DeLillo's "In the Ruins of the Future." The course may also incorporate music as well as such films as Mamet's screen adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

*Students should bring Mamet's play to the first day of class.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Short Presentations
Short Conference-Style Paper

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