ENGL 938 (01) - Seminar: Studies in 20th Century American Literature

Sem/20th C American Literature

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 56502
Seminar: Studies in 20th Century American Literature. May be repeated barring duplication of subject.
Section Comments: Special Topic: Materialism in Fiction, Nonfiction & Film
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Instructors: Monica Chiu

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 W 9:10am - 12:00pm HS 250C
Additional Course Details: 

Spring 2024 Special Topic: American Studies Seminar: Rock, Paper, Scissors: Vital Materialism in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Film

The course will offer a myriad of theoretical approaches to reading and thinking about our human lives in a connected and networked world. We will answer questions such as What does it mean to be human in the Anthropocene? If we know that humans impact the environment, what impact do plants, rocks, minerals, and the cosmos have on us? What is the relationship among biopolitics, technology, geology, and the cosmos? Theoretical readings in new materialism, vital humanism, and feminist posthumanism will inform our discussions of the following possible texts and films: Ozeki’s My Year of Meats; Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun; selections from Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World and Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass; Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; Tamaki and Tamaki’s graphic narrative Boundless; McGuire’s graphic narrative Here; articles by T. Grandin on architectural design for animals; Reggio’s film Povaqquatsi—Life out of Balance, among others. Theoretical readings might include those by Rosie Braidotti, Karen Barad, Elizabeth Grosz, Donna Haraway, Jane Bennett, Vicki Kirby, Mel Y. Chen, Stacey Alaimo, and Manuel DeLanda.

 

Booklist

Book Details
MY YEAR OF MEATS (98)
by OZEKI
Required
ISBN
978014028046 3
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
HIAWATHA (99)
by TREUER
Required
ISBN
978031225272 4
PUBLISHER
MAC HIGHER
SPIRIT CATCHES YOU+YOU FALL DOWN (12)
by FADIMAN
Required
ISBN
978037453340 3
PUBLISHER
MAC HIGHER
HERE (14)
by MCGUIRE
Required
ISBN
978037540650 8
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
BOUNDLESS (17)
by TAMAKI
Required
ISBN
978177046287 8
PUBLISHER
MAC HIGHER
PARABLE OF THE SOWER-W/NEW FORWARD (19)
by BUTLER
Required
ISBN
978153873218 2
PUBLISHER
HACHETTE B
KLARA+THE SUN (21)
by ISHIGURO
Required
ISBN
978059331129 5
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
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