English 203

Graduate Readings: William Faulkner and the Historical Novel


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2019 Goble, Mark
TTh 9:30-11 104 Dwinelle Graduate Courses

Description

This course centers on William Faulkner, and will use his experiments in historical fiction to ask a series of questions about the representation of time, duration, change, and epoch in the twentieth century and after. We will discuss Faulkner’s place within American modernism, and examine how his depictions of race, politics, economics, and trauma compare to other writers in his own period (Willa Cather) and later (Toni Morrison, David Mitchell, Ruth Ozeki, William Gibson). Faulkner’s major texts (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Light in August) will let us test some of the novel’s limits as a literary form in American culture, and help us see why later writers turn to different modes—from gothic horror to science fiction—to register both the faster and slower dynamics of history that pattern our sense of the contemporary moment.

Readings will include novels by William Faulkner, and examples of contemporary historical fiction by Toni Morrison, David Mitchell, Ruth Ozeki, William Gibson, and Richard Powers.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/2 Graduate Readings Miller, Jennifer
203/3 Graduate Readings: The Queer and the Oriental Leong, Andrew Way
203/4 Graduate Readings: Renaissance Drama Knapp, Jeffrey
203/5 Graduate Readings: Nineteenth-Century U. S. Historical Poetics Otter, Samuel
Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life Hejinian, Lyn
203/4 Graduate Readings: American Genres Serpell, C. Namwali
203/5 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop Abel, Elizabeth
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Radical Enlightenment? Goldstein, Amanda Jo
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Novel in Theory Hale, Dorothy J.
203/3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus and Grant Workshop Thornbury, Emily V.
203/4 Graduate Readings: Digital Humanities for Medieval Studies Nolan, Maura
203/5 Graduate Readings: Contemporary Chicanx/Latinx Novels Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Caribbean Literature and Culture Ellis, Nadia
203/2 Graduate Readings: Comparative Colonialisms: Latin America and the U.S. Saldaña, Maria
203/3 Graduate Readings: Materiality Flynn, Catherine
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: World Systems Theory and the Asian Anglophone Novel Lye, Colleen
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Political Economy of Life and Death in African American Literature and Culture JanMohamed, Abdul R.

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