English R1A

Reading and Composition: Nostalgic Notions: Feeling How the Past Persists in the Present

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2018 Artiz, Ernest T.
MWF 11-12 233 Dwinelle

Book List

Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness; Conrad, Joseph: Youth; Garcia, Cristina: Dreaming in Cuban; Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita


Nostalgia is an oft-felt, but seldom understood feeling. Originally a medical designation for a form of home-sickness, in the present nostalgia connotes a more general longing for the past. We experience some form of nostalgia in the interstices of our everyday lives, from the advertisements that bombard us, to the songs and movies we hear and see, to our own memories that speak out from the past and call us back. This course will examine the literary, cultural, and historical significance of nostalgia, relating a diverse set of literary and cultural works in order to better understand the diverse forms nostalgia can take as it affectively exerts itself over us. In this way, nostalgia’s seemingly innocuous—and even pleasant—senses will be read alongside its place within Imperialism, Colonial Identity, and Neoliberalism as we contemplate this particular feeling’s role in shaping our understanding of the past and present. This course will consider these affective and cultural subjects as a frame for developing student writing, in particular skills in argumentation and critical analysis, through regular short writing assignments and presentations.

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