Fall 2010 - LIT 2020 Experimental Short Stories

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Against Aristotle: 20th Century Experimental Short Stories COURSE INFORMATION Course ID: LIT 2020-02 Instructor: Christopher Higgs Semester:  2010 Fall  Office: 328 Williams Classroom:  Willimas 110 Office Hours:  5:00-6:30 M/W OBA Time:  M/W/F 11:15-12:05 Contact: [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION In a 1965 interview for the academic journal  Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature , John Hawkes  infamously stated, “I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot,  character, setting, and theme, and having once abandoned these familiar ways of thinking about fiction,  totality of vision or structure was really all that remained.”   This course will introduce you to a broad spectrum of twentieth-century transatlantic short stories that  challenge literary conventions by utilizing Hawkes’s dictum as a starting point.  We will concentrate on  both the philosophical themes that permeate the stories as well as the artistic choices, literary devices, and  literary structures employed by various authors to create meaning in works of short fiction.   This investigation will necessarily yield discussions of race, class, gender, rebellion, resistance, chaos,  anarchy, autonomy, subversion and transgression—all of which should reveal experimental short stories as  texts that question, challenge, and undermine assumptions and dominate forces.   COURSE PREMISES To critically engage in the study of literature one must suspend judgment. Meaning is not inherent within a text; meaning is constructed by a reader. Literature is both philosophical and artistic. COURSE OBJECTIVES
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To examine experimental literature both in its possibilities and limitations.  To develop new critical thinking, reading and writing skills. To gain a wider understanding and appreciation of diverse literary practices. COURSE TEXTS Julio Cortazar –  Cronopios and Famas  (1962/trans. 1969) Italo Calvino –  Cosmicomics  (1965/trans. 1968) John Barth –  Lost in the Funhouse  (1968) Octavia Butler -  Bloodchild  (1996) *Various supplementary materials in the form of hyperlinks or PDFs found on Blackboard  COURSE REQUIREMENTS  Complete all assigned readings as well as Daily Analytical Reflections. Complete two Critical Papers.  Complete two exams. Participate actively and relevantly in class discussion and Group Presentations. GRADING DISTRIBUTION
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