Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG483H1F - L0101

ENG483H1F L0101  W10-12 
Posthumanism and Contemporary Fiction
Professor Naomi Morgenstern
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Office Address: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 625

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 (Derrida, Morton, Haraway, Barad, 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, Lydia Millet, Cormac McCarthy, Colson Whitehead; George Saunders and Jesmyn 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: Haraway, Saunders, Ishiguro.

Method of Instruction: Seminar.

Method of Evaluation: Participation, oral participation, short essay, final essay.

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