T 6:00 PM to 8:50 PM
Masood Raja, AUD 106
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This course will focus on the works of major American postmodernist authors and our interaction with these texts as informed by the latest theoretical explanations of the postmodern condition. Thus, we will attempt to understand both the literary texts as well as the theoretical debates about postmodernism itself and the role of postmodernist fiction in the world of high capitalism, globalization, and with reference to the resurgence of the state during the current global financial meltdown.
Hutcheon, Linda. A Poetics of Postmodernism. Routledge, 1988. (978-0415007061)
Postmodern Fiction: A Norton Anthology. New York: W. W Norton, 1998. (978-0393316988)
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five. Dell, 1991. 978-0440180296.
Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo. Scribner, 1996. (978-0684824772)
Delilo, Don. Libra. Penguin, 1991. (978-0140156041)
Gibson, William. Neuromancer. Ace, 1984.
Butler Octavia. Parable of the Talents. Grand Central Publishing, 2000. (978-0446675789)
Pynchon,Thomas. Gravity’s Rainbow. Penguin, 2006 edition. (978-0143039945)
Course Policies and Requirements:
You are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to your peers, and contributing your views in a collegiate and stimulating way. Attendance is mandatory.
Distribution of Points:
Presentation 200 Points
Mid-Term 200 Points
Participation 100 Points
Term Paper 300 Points
Total 1000 Points
YOU MUST FINISH ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE
You will turn in a resposne journal to the assigned reading every week. Your response must at least be 500 words.
During the first week you will choose a particular novel for your presentation. Your presentation will then fall in the week in which your chosen novel is scheduled for class discussion. I expect a 30-40 minutes FORMAL PRESENTATION using the insights provided by the secondary readings. You must also turn in a 3-5 page written brief of your presentation with a detailed list of your scholarly sources. Following are some, but not all, questions you may consider:
- What does the text say about gender, race, ethnicity, class, nation, or power and what are your views about it?
- Did you agree or disagree with the text’s politics? why?
- What is the text critiquing?
- How can we relate this text to contemporary realities?
- Does this text raise the question of justice? If so, how and for whom?
- Does the text provide a politics for a better future?
The Mid-term will be an in-class essay exam administered in the 8th week.
As this is a seminar based on a discussion format, your thoughtful participation is essential to the success of the class. I encourage collegiate, open, and thought-provoking class discussions. Remember, we are all here to learn, so let us share our ideas and knowledge to make this class into a dynamic learning experience.
The final term paper will be due on the last day of class. The paper should be 15-20 pages, with a clearly defined thesis and a coherent argument. I would encourage you to choose your topic early and do extensive research. I will be available to assist during all stages of your research and composition process.
You are expected to attend the class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you miss more than ONE class sessions.
Please bring me the necessary documentation for any recorded disablity and I will be happy to accomodate you.
SENATE BILL 11 (“CAMPUS CARRY”). Students must read UNT’s policy on concealed handguns on campus, which I’ve posted on Blackboard (or see http://campuscarry.unt.edu/untpolicy.) Here I note that 1) only licensed persons may legally carry handguns on campus, and 2) this right only authorizes the licensed carrying of “handgun[s], the presence of which is not openly noticeable to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person.” Per policy, if a gun is “partially or wholly visible, even if holstered,” it’s not legal on campus, whether or not it’s licensed. I report all illegal activities to the UNT police, regardless of their nature.
“ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATIONS.” All students should be aware of UNT’s guidelines for responding to “active shooter situations” (seehttp://emergency.unt.edu/get-prepared/Active-Shooter).
F Less than 600 Points
Norton: Barth (Dunyazadia)
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five.
Class Discussion: Norton: Barth (Dunyazadia)
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five.