Schedule

Aug. 31:

Introduction

Sept. 2:

Jurgen Habermas, "Modernity versus Postmodernity" (N&H)
François Lyotard, "Answering the Question: What Is Postmodernism?" (course packet)

Sept. 7:

Fredric Jameson, from Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (extracts in N&H; complete chapter in course packet)

Sept. 8:

SCREENING: Pulp Fiction

Sept. 9:

Andreas Huyssen, "Mapping the Postmodern" (N&H)
Linda Hutcheon, "Beginning to Theorize the Postmodern" (N&H)

Sept. 14:

Ihab Hassan, "Toward a Concept of Postmodernism" (N&H)
Robert Coover, The Universal Baseball Association

Sept. 16:

Brian McHale, "From Modernist to Postmodernist Fiction" (course packet)
Robert Coover, The Universal Baseball Association

Sept. 21:

Jean Baudrillard, "The Precession of Simulacra" (N&H)
Don DeLillo, Mao II

Sept. 22:

SCREENING: Bob Roberts

Sept. 23:

David Harvey, "The Condition of Postmodernity" (course packet)
Don DeLillo, Mao II

Sept. 28:

Carolyn Porter, "What We Know That We Don’t Know: Remapping American Literary Studies" (course packet)
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Sept. 30:

bell hooks, Postmodern Blackness (N&H)
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Oct. 5:

Phillip Brian Harper, from Framing the Margins: The Social Logic of Postmodern Culture (course packet)
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

Oct. 7:

Stephen Slemon, "Modernism’s Last Stand" (N&H)
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

Oct. 12:

Brian McHale, "POSTcyberMODERNpunkISM" (course packet)
William Gibson, Neuromancer

Oct. 13:

SCREENING: Blade Runner

Oct. 14:

Donna Haraway, "A Manifesto for Cyborgs" (course packet)
William Gibson, Neuromancer

Oct. 19:

No class: fall break

Oct. 21:

No class: out of town

Oct. 26:

Cervantes, Don Quixote, Book One

Oct. 28:

No class: out of town

Nov. 2:

Salvador Fajardo, "Closure in Don Quixote I: A Reader's Canon." (course packet)
Cervantes, Don Quixote, Book Two

Nov. 3:

SCREENING: Stardust Memories

Nov. 4:

John Barth, "The Literature of Exhaustion" (course packet)
Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" (course packet)
Term paper proposal due

Nov. 9:

Sylvia Soderlind, "Love and Reproduction: Plagiarism, Pornography, and Don Quixote’s Abortions" (course packet)
Kathy Acker, Don Quixote

Nov. 11:

Geoffrey Lord, from Postmodernism and Notions of National Difference (course packet)
Martin Amis, London Fields

Nov. 16:

Richard Todd, "The Presence of Postmodernism in British Fiction: Aspects of Style and Selfhood" (course packet)
Martin Amis, London Fields

Nov. 17:

SCREENING: The Crying Game

Nov. 18:

Richard Todd, "The Retrieval of Unheard Voices in British Postmodernist Fiction" (course packet)
A. S. Byatt, Possession

Nov. 23:

Catherine Belsey, "Towards Cultural History" (N&H)
A. S. Byatt, Possession

Term paper draft due to peer reviewer

Nov. 25:

No class: Thanksgiving

Nov. 30:

Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats
Commented drafts due back to author

Dec. 2:

Ruth Ozeki, My Year of Meats

Dec. 3:

Term paper due no later than 5:00 p.m.

Dec. 7:

Conclusion