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Fictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Hamilton Carroll
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

WK 1

Seminar: Introduction: Fiction, Citizenship, Nation

Reading: Phillip Brian Harper, ‘The Postmodern, The Marginal, and the Minor’, in Framing the margins : the social logic of postmodern culture ISBN: 0195082397 (pbk) : No price; 0195082389 (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Rachel Adams, ‘The Ends of America, the Ends of Postmodernism,’ Twentieth-century literature. ISSN: 0041-462X 53.3 (2007) (JSTOR)

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WK 2

Seminar: Toni Morrison, Beloved

Reading: Hortense Spiller’s, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics. ISSN: 1080-6539; 0300-7162 17.2 (1987) (JSTOR)

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WK 3

Seminar: T. Coraghessan Boyle, World's end ISBN: 0333472527

Reading: Linda Hutcheon, ‘Historiographic Metafiction: “The Pastime of the Past Time’, in A poetics of postmodernism : history, theory, fiction ISBN: 0415007062 (Routledge, 1988)

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WK 4

Seminar: Chang-rae Lee, A gesture life ISBN: 1862074011

Reading: Christopher Lee, ‘Form-Giving and the Remains of Identity in A Gesture Life,’ Journal of Asian American Studies ISSN: 1097-2129 14.1 (2011)

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WK 5

Seminar: Jhumpa Lahiri, The namesake ISBN: 0006551807

Reading: ‘Being (and Feeling) Gogol: Reading and Recognition in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake,’ MELUS. ISSN: 0163-755X 37.1 (2012) (JSTOR)

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WK 6

Seminar: Louise Erdrich, The plague of doves ISBN: 9780007270767 (pbk.) : £7.99; 0007270763 (pbk.) : £7.99

Reading: Kenneth M. Roemer, “Naming Native (Living) Histories: Erdrich’s Plague of Names. Studies in American fiction. ISSN: 0091-8083 43.1 (2016) (Project Muse)

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WK 7

Preparation Week No seminars

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WK 8

Seminar: Junot Diaz, The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao ISBN: 9780571239733 (pbk.) : £7.99; 0571239730 (pbk.) : £7.99

Reading: Ramon Saldivar, ‘Historical Fantasy, Speculative Realism, and Postrace Aesthetics in Contemporary American Fiction,’ American literary history. ISSN: 0896-7148 23.3 (2011) (JSTOR)

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WK 9

Seminar: Edward P. Jones, The known world ISBN: 0007195303

Reading: Katherine Clay Bassard, ‘Imagining Other Worlds: Race, Gender, and the "Power Line" in Edward P. Jones's The Known World,’ African American review. ISSN: 1062-4783 42.3/4 (2008) (JSTOR)

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WK 10

Seminar: Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

Reading: Patricia Chu, “D(NA) Coding the Ethnic: Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex,” Novel. ISSN: 0029-5132 42.2 (2009)

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WK 11

Seminar: Summation and Conclusion

This list was last updated on 18/09/2017