Undergraduate English Courses

358:353 American Postmodernism: Literature, Film, and Theory

01  MW4  CAC   18959  LAWRENCE  MU-112
02  MTH3  CAC  18960  LAWRENCE  SC-216

This course traces the development of American literature and film in the second half of the twentieth-century, with a particular emphasis on how important texts from the 1960's forward engage with the cultural phenomenon often referred to as "postmodernism." We will examine novels, films, essays, and poems alongside prominent theories of postmodernism, and we will ask how accurately the category of the postmodern captures the works of the period. The syllabus is divided into four sections, each of which describes a significant cultural arena explored by writers and filmmakers over the past fifty years: identity, history, technology, and nationality. Authors studied will include Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, Don Delillo, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Junot Díaz. We will watch films by David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, the Wachowskis, Sofia Coppola, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.