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Advanced Studies Group 3: Posthumanism and Contemporary Fiction
Instructor: Naomi Morgenstern
Jackman Humanities Building, JHB625
Brief Description of Course:
Critic Cary Wolfe reminds us that “posthumanist” means precisely that: posthumanist as opposed to posthuman. In this course we will read some contemporary posthumanist theory on the subject of the human relationship to and vexed distinction from animals, nature and things (Agamben, Derrida, Morton, Bennett, Wolfe, and others) We will also read fiction written between 2001 and the present. How do these fictions participate in, or perhaps resist, the theorization of the posthuman? And what might fictional accounts have to offer us that is distinctive? Writers studied may include Don Delillo, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Safran Foer, Chang-Rae Lee, Colson Whitehead, George Saunders, Karen Russell and Karen Joy Fowler. Students who enroll in this course should be interested in participating orally in an open-ended enquiry, as we explore these works and questions together. A detailed syllabus will be available during the summer for students who would like to prepare in advance.
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Method of Evaluation:
Weekly reading responses; oral presentation; final essay; participation.
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