ENG 7380 Twenty-first Century Literature (3 units)
Twenty-first century fiction provides a forum from which to explore recent novels from around the world. Topics that may be investigated include the transnational, the post-postcolonial, the late-postmodern, the spectacular, the performative, hybridity, immigration, mass culture, sexuality, reliability, disaster, and protest. Given the global context of the course, English-language texts are selected from countries as diverse as Canada, India, Ireland, the USA and broader regions like the Caribbean and Asia. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political, cultural, and global underpinnings of the texts under consideration, drawn from this still-young century. Students will be encouraged to juxtapose the contents and contexts of chosen works while charting apparent shifts and trends in early 21st century artistic representation.
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