English 150

Senior Seminar: Literature of the Americas--History, Narrative and Event

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2005 Jones, Donna V.
Jones, Donna
MW 1:30-3 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Saramago, J.: History of the Seige of Lisbon; Todorov, T.: The Conquest of the Americas: The Question of the Other; Nabokov, P.: Native American Testimony, Women's Indian Captivity Narratives; Conrad, J.: Nostromo; Whitman, W.: Leaves of Grass; Rod�, J. E.: Ariel; Dreiser, T.: Sister Carrie; Galeano, E.: Memory of Fire: Genesis; Carpentier, A.: Explosion in the Cathedral; Delillo, D.: Libra


Examining a wide selection of texts from throughout the Americas, this class will look at the literary and historiographic methods of representing the discontinuous historical narratives of the New World. How does the way we narrate history influence our perception of past events? What role does fiction play in the construction of national or regional historical identities? What modes of emplotment are used to narrate history in the Americas: tragedy, comedy or romance, narratives of conquest, apocalypse or degeneration?

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