English 134

Contemporary Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2011 Premnath, Gautam
Premnath, Gautam
TTh 12:30-2 159 Mulford

Other Readings and Media

Ferris, J.: Then We Came to the End; Mitchell, D.: Cloud Atlas; Tyrewala, A.: No God in Sight; Ong, H.: Fixer Chao; Adichie, C.: Half of a Yellow Sun; Mieville, C.: The City and the City; Modan, R.: Exit Wounds; Hamid, M.: The Reluctant Fundamentalist


This course will entail serious and sustained reflection upon the two terms invoked in its title: "literature" and "the contemporary." Our reading list will feature a series of very recent works (almost all written within the last decade), emphasizing prose fiction but spanning a range of established and emergent forms and genres. We will track ongoing shifts and mutations in notions of the literary, and ask what they reveal about the lineaments and shaping dynamics of our historical moment.

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