Course Calendar

WEEK 1 // JANUARY 21

  • Deducing Postmodernism

WEEK 2 // JANUARY 28

  • Cage, John. “Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) Continued, 1970-71.” New Literary History 3.1 (1971): 201-214. http://www.jstor.org/stable/468388 (on-campus link)
  • Hassan, Ihab. “POSTmodernISM.” New Literary History 3.1 (1971): 5-30. http://www.jstor.org/stable/468378 (on-campus link)
  • Selected Short Stories

WEEK 3 // FEBRUARY 4

WEEK 4 // FEBRUARY 11

  • Ursula Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
  • Harvey, David. The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989, pp. 39-65. (e-reserve)

WEEK 5 // FEBRUARY 18

  • Foucault, Michel. “Of Other Spaces.” Trans. Jay Miskowiec. Diacritics 16.1 (1986): 22-27. http://www.jstor.org/stable/464648
  • Baudrillard, Jean. “Simulations and Simulacra” from Selected Writings. Ed. Mark Poster. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1988, pp. 166-184 (e-reserve)
  • Mark Z. Danielewksi, House of Leaves, Forward, Introduction, and pp. 1-79

WEEK 6 // FEBRUARY 25

  • Continue House of Leaves

WEEK 7 // MARCH 4

WEEK 8 // MARCH 11 (SPRING BREAK)

  • No class

WEEK 9 // MARCH 18

  • Joanna Russ, The Female Man
  • Haraway, Donna. “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” from Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge, 1991, pp. 149-181. (e-reserve)

WEEK 10 // MARCH 25

  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Davis, Kimberly Chabot. “”Postmodern Blackness”: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the End of History.” Twentieth Century Literature 44.2 (1998): 242-260. http://www.jstor.org.mutex.gmu.edu/stable/441873 (on-campus link)

WEEK 11 // APRIL 1

WEEK 12 // APRIL 8

WEEK 13 // APRIL 15

  • Karen Tei Yamashita, Tropic of Orange
  • Adams, Rachel. “The Ends of America, the Ends of Postmodernism.” Twentieth Century Literature 53.3 (2007): 248-272. http://tinyurl.com/75te98 (on-campus link)

WEEK 14 // APRIL 22

  • Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper
  • Flores, Angel. “Magical Realism in Spanish American Fiction.” Hispania 38.2 (1955): 187-192. http://www.jstor.org/stable/335812 (on-campus link)

WEEK 15 // APRIL 29

  • Art Spiegelman, In the Shadow of No Towers
  • Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman, Shooting War

WEEK 16 // MAY 6