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Literature for the 21st Century

Discover a generation of authors likely to set literary trends well into the 21st century. Examine such literary issues as postmodernism and magical realism, and consider the controversies over multiculturalism and the nature of the literary canon. Through close reading and nuanced discussions, explore postmodernism in relation to modernism, intertextuality, pastiche, temporal displacement, and other literary themes. Readings include Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black; Richard Powers’s The Overstay; Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men; James Kelman’s That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories; Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights; Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise; and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. Please read Washington Black prior to the first class.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with 21st-century literature

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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