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ENGL 4952 Advanced Seminar: Bodies & Borders (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

How do literary narratives of the last century use bodies, objects, and space to map cultural and representational borders? How do these borders shape our understanding of concepts of identity, family, creativity, memory and home? This course will focus on the question of materiality, using literary depictions of material "things" to explore topics including gender, sexuality, trauma, technology, domesticity, ghosts, and grief. We will pair literary texts from modern and contemporary writers including Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, and Don DeLillo with theoretical and philosophical studies of the body, objects, and space.

Instructor(s): Laura Tanner

Prerequisites: Students must have completed their pre-1700 requirement.

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Comments: Interested students should contact the instructor for permission to enroll.

Last Updated: 18-Oct-18