In particular, students will: •Focus on the close textual analysis and discussion of short stories, novels and hypertexts as well as on the commentary of various theoretical essays dealing with the postmodern condition or postmodern writing •Familiarize themselves with various postmodern writing practices, experimentation and non-linear textuality •Get informed about the various socio-cultural trends and the political context that formulates the writing style of each one of the writers under consideration.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on key contemporary American fiction writers, such as Richard Ellison, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver, Leslie Marmon Silko, Art Spiegelman, Annie Proulx, Jamaica Kincaid, Chuck Palahnuik, , covering the period between 1945-2000.
postmodern theory, fiction, graphic novels, race, gender, ethnic identity, experimental narratives
Additional bibliography for study
Levine, Robert S., editor. The Norton Anthology of American Literature since 1945. Vol. E. 9th Ed (2017).
Επιπλέον δευτερογενείς πηγές:
Bilton, Alan. An Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction. Edinburg UP, 2002.
Geis, Deborah R. Considering Maus : approaches to Art Spiegelman's "Survivors Tale" of the Holocaust. U of Alabama P, 2007
Jaskoski, Helen. Leslie Marmon Silko: A Study of the Short Fiction. Twayne Publishers, 1998.
Kirk, Nesset. The Stories of Raymond Carver: A Critical Study. Ohio UP, 1995.
Klinkowitz, Jerome. The Vonnegut Effect. U of South Carolina P, 2004.
Lardas, John. The bop apocalypse : the religious visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs. U of Illinois P, c2001.
Lasch, Christopher. The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations. Norton, 1979.
McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction. Methuen, 1987.
O’ Meally, Robert G. New Essays on Invisible Man. CUP, 1988.
Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth. Jamaica Kincaid: A Critical Companion. Greenwood Press, 1999.
Pifer, Ellen. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita : a casebook. OUP, 2003.
Porter, Joy, and Kenneth M. Roemer. The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Prosser, Jay. American Fiction of the 1990s: Reflections of History and Culture. Routledge, 2008.
Showalter, Elaine. A jury of her peers : American women writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.