ENG 620 Novel and Nation

Description

This course will examine literary works that attempt to re-figure the nation in the age of globalization. Some of the questions we will ask are: How is the nation represented in literature? What textual strategies do novels employ in order to disseminate the feeling of national consciousness toward readers? Conversely, what formal narrative elements do novels employ to disrupt or displace the official, hegemonic notion of the nation? What kinds of alternative notions of community and belonging are imagined? What are the political implications of postcolonial fiction that resists the novelistic techniques that rely on linear notions of historical progression and economic development? How do the forces of globalization put a pressure on the fictions of national culture? How have novels gone beyond national borders for paradigms of home(land)?  In the end, students will enhance their appreciation of both the limitations and possibilities of a branch of novel theory that takes the nation-form as its primary object of inquiry. 

Specifications

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: ENG 501, ENG 514

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Audrey Becker, Ph.D.
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Department Chair

Darcy L. Brandel, Ph.D.
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