Course Calendar

WEEK 1 // INTRODUCTION TO P(OS)TM/ODE.RN{ISM}

Tuesday, August 26
  • Inducing Postmodernism
Thursday, August 28
  • Introduction (pp. 1-10), The Postmodern Condition (pp. 13-19), “The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” by Fredric Jameson (pp. 20-39), and “Mapping the Postmodern” by Andreas Huyssen (pp. 59-71), all from Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel (abbreviated henceforth as Pomo CoNo)
  • “A Primer for the Punctuation of Heart Disease” by Jonathan Safran Foer (handout in class)
  • “Coming Sun. Mon. Tues.” by Don DeLillo (handout in class)

WEEK 2 // TECHNOLOGY AND SIMULATION

Tuesday, September 2
  • White Noise by Don DeLillo, pp. 1-105
  • “Silhouette City: Hitler, Manson and the Millennium” by Don DeLillo (pp. 344-352) in White Noise
Thursday, September 4
  • White Noise, pp. 107-163
  • “Time-Space Compression” by David Harvey (pp. 40-58) in Pomo CoNo
  • Inquiry #1 Due

WEEK 3 // IRONY AND DEATH

Tuesday, September 9
  • White Noise, pp. 165-326
  • “The Precession of Simulacra” by Jean Baudrillard (pp. 91-109) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, September 11
  • “The Last Things before the Last: Notes on White Noise” by John Frow (pp. 417-431) and “The (Super)Marketplace of Images: Television as Unmediated Mediation in DeLillo’s White Noise” by John N. Duvall (pp. 433-455) in White Noise

WEEK 4 // THE POSTMODERN UNCANNY

Tuesday, September 16
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Forward, Introduction, and pp. 1-79
  • “The Uncanny” by Sigmund Freud (Blackboard)
  • “Discourse in the Novel” by Mikhail Bakhtin (pp. 231-238) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, September 18

WEEK 5 // THE POSTMODERN SUBLIME

Tuesday, September 23
  • House of Leaves, pp. 107-274
  • “The Detective and the Boundary” by William Spanos (pp. 169-185) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, September 25
  • House of Leaves, pp. 275-346
  • “Postmodernist Fiction” by David Lodge (pp. 250-277) in Pomo CoNo

WEEK 6 // INDETERMINACY

Tuesday, September 30
  • House of Leaves, pp. 347-490
  • “The Myth of the Postmodern Breakthrough” by Gerald Graff (pp. 207-216) in Pomo CoNo
  • Inquiry #2 Due
Thursday, October 2

WEEK 7 // NEW MEDIA AND DIGITAL LIVES

Tuesday, October 7
Thursday, October 9

WEEK 8 // POSTMODERN FEMINISM

Tuesday, October 14
  • No Class
Thursday, October 16
  • The Female Man by Joanna Russ, pp. 1-75
  • “Metafiction” by Patricia Waugh (pp. 239-249) in Pomo CoNo
  • Seventies Print Ads

WEEK 9 // CYBORGS AND SCIENCE

Tuesday, October 21
  • The Female Man, pp. 75-131
  • “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” by Donna Haraway (pp. 396-420) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, October 23
  • The Female Man, pp. 133-214

WEEK 10 // REWRITING HISTORY

Tuesday, October 28
  • Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorn, pp. 1-124
  • “The Politics of Postmodernism” by Linda Hutcheon (pp. 339-354) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, October 30
  • Dream Jungle, pp. 125-185
  • “The Ethics of Alterity” by Thomas Docherty (pp. 355-370) in Pomo CoNo

WEEK 11 // REWRITING FICTIONAL HISTORY

Tuesday, November 4
  • Dream Jungle, pp. 186-251
  • A Conversation with Jessica Hagedorn
  • Screening: Apocalypse Now Redux (JC Reserve)
  • In class screening: Hearts of Darkness
  • “The Postcolonial and the Postmodern” by Kwame Anthony Appiah (pp. 429-445) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, November 6

WEEK 12 // REFLEXIVITY AND METALEPSIS

Tuesday, November 11
  • In class screening
  • “The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge” by Jean-Francois Lyotard (pp. 72-90) in Pomo CoNo
Thursday, November 13
  • The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia, pp. 1-83
  • “POSTmodernISM” by Ihab Hassan (pp. 186-206) in Pomo CoNo

WEEK 13 // THE RETURN OF THE AUTHOR

Tuesday, November 18
  • The People of Paper, pp. 84-169
Thursday, November 20
  • The People of Paper, pp. 171-245

WEEK 14 // NEW MEDIA REVISITED

Tuesday, November 25
  • BRB LOL IRL
  • Research Proposal Due
Thursday, November 27
  • Thanksgiving Holiday

WEEK 15 // ON THE MARGINS

Tuesday, December 2
  • Shooting War by Anthony LappĂ© and Dan Goldman
  • “Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative” by Patrick O’Donnell (pp. 463-478) in Pomo CoNo
  • Scott McCloud’s Carl Comics (Flash Version)
  • Matt Madden’s Exercises in Style
Thursday, December 4
  • Shooting War

WEEK 16 // FINAL PAPER

DUE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16