ENGL-248 Problems in Postmodernism
Spring for 2013-2014
"Problems in Postmodernism:
Literary Hybrids, Remixes and Remakes"
This course examines a variety of literatures that are crossed or mixed or remade in some way, and as such, complicate our understanding of authorship, creativity and literary value. Mashed-up films and remixes that we find on the internet are the most obvious examples of such forms today, but there are many more less obvious examples dating back to the last century and earlier.
These works give us an opportunity to ask important questions about our current cultural moment and literature generally: What makes something literary? How is literature adapting to digital culture and the globalizing consumer culture connected to it? How do changes in the way we view creativity, originality and authorship affect literature, and what do these changes require of us as readers, viewers consumers and citizens?
To answer these questions we will take a critical, often comparative, approach to the material. In addition to examining primary works in fiction, poetry, the graphic novel, film and audio, we will follow developments in cultural theory, remix theory, visual rhetoric and semiotics (the theory of signs).
The course material, as well as the concepts we will discuss and develop in class, will be the basis for two writing assignments and an in-class presentation. In connection with these assignments, we will discuss topic and thesis development, paper organization and research and examine a variety of secondary sources that will help us situate our comments and critiques.
This course satisfies the College's Humanities & Writing II requirement.
Prerequisites: HUMW 011 (or equivalent course or AP credit)
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