This course treats American fiction from the 1960s to the present. We will be critically examining a selection of literary works from North America, in the light of contemporary literary and cultural theories. More specifically, we will be using the body – understood both as a corporeal entity and in broader terms as a social phenomenon – as a central concept and starting point from which to explore American society and literature in relation to such notions as freedom, violence, nostalgia, and trauma. In the course, you will familiarise yourselves with some of the ways in which American literature has engaged with American society and the individual. You will also become aware of ways in which American fiction and the topic of the body and embodiment have been debated in scholarly criticism over the last few decades.
NB! You are expected to have done your reading in full before the seminars and participate actively in class. In this way we can have a lively and informed discussion on the works assigned. The course is examined through continuous assessment of seminar participation and a number of written assignments.
If you have any questions, please contact Katherina Dodou, firstname.lastname@example.org