Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG435H1F L0101

ENG435H1F    L0101    T10-12
Advanced Studies Group 3: Posthumanism and Contemporary Fiction
Professor Naomi Morgenstern

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, JHB625
Email: naomi.morgenstern@utoronto.ca

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, technology and things (Haraway, Butler, 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, Chang-Rae Lee, Colson Whitehead, George Saunders, Lydia Millet and Jesamyn Ward. 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.

Required Reading: TBA

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA

Method of instruction: Seminar format

Method of Evaluation: Weekly reading responses, oral presentation, final essay, and participation.

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