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Fall 2017-2018
ENG 574 / AAS 574   No Pass/D/Fail

Literature and Society - The Present Moment: Contemporary Literature

Sarah A. Chihaya
Kinohi Nishikawa

How do critics, writers, and readers approach the work of the present moment? This seminar has two main foci: first, the field of 21st century literature and culture in English, and second, the contemporary role of critique in both academic and popular culture. We read and watch primary texts that undertake their own projects of social, political, and formal critique, alongside experiments in critical and theoretical writing from writers both in and outside of the academy. We take up questions that animate discussions about the role of the humanities in our present moment: who are we writing for? What forms can that writing take?

Sample reading list:
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Salman Rushdie, The Golden House
Ta-Nahisi Coates, The Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet
Claudia Rankine, Citizen
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts
Julianna Spahr, That Winter the Wolf Came

Requirements/Grading:
Other (See Instructor) - 100%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22140 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Green Hall   0-N-7   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed