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ENGL 9905 Ph.D. Seminar: American Literature & New Materialism (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Commodities, things, and ecology: these are three keywords that will guide this seminars exploration of emerging theoretical works that push against social constructivist arguments. We will look at some Marxist and environmental writings, and consider how they converge in arguments about the possibility of objects having their own vitality separate from human perception. We will also look at works of American literature, from Walden to White Noise and beyond, that will act as both examples of, and guides for, our theoretical investigations.


Instructor(s): Min Song

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13