Fall 2012

Reading and Experience

Listed in: English, as ENGL-472


Marisa Parham (Section 01)


By working through a combination of creative non-fiction, film, and prose texts, this course in literary theory and textual analysis explores some of the assumed tensions between experiences generally described as real and those described as imaginary.  Over the course of the semester we will consider how literature enlarges personal experience, even as we also attend to what happens when art approaches the limits of representation.  Some of our particular concerns will include:  learning how to draw relationships between texts and their social and historical moments; how to question our own acts of learning about others through our consumption of culture; and examining how personal identity itself might also be understood as a question of narrative.  This semester will likely include texts by Kazuo Ishiguro, Daniel Defoe, J.M. Coetzee, Marlene Nourbese Philip, Stephen King, Herman Melville, and the Wachowskis.

Open to juniors and seniors.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Parham.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012