MAAmerican Novel (Semester 2)

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Mojca Krevel, PhD, Professor

Instructor

Mojca Krevel, PhD, Professor

Course Description

Aims and Specific Competences:

  • 8-stranska seminarska naloga;
  • 5-minutna ustna predstavitev teme seminarske naloge;
  • Kratko (1 stran) poročilo o vsakem prebranem romanu;
  • Sodelovanje pri pouku, ki se upošteva pri končni oceni;
  • Prisotnost (vsaj 80 %) je pogoj za prijavo na izpitni rok;

Content:

  • Students are familiarised with the basic theoretical tenets of postmodernity, especially with regard to the postmodern concepts of reality, identity, and the structural logic of the dominant postmodern medium – the hypertext.
  • Using the presented conceptual framework, various novels from the post-1980 American novelistic production are analysed.
  • The results of respective analyses are then compared, evaluated and discussed in terms of their immediate social, historical and cultural environment.

Course Literature:

  • Baudrillard, Jean. Simulaker in simulacija. Popoln zločin. Prev. Anja Kosjek. Ljubljana: ŠOU, Študentska založba, 1999.
  • Bolter, Jay David. Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of Writing. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1991.
  • Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. 1991. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.
  • Kos, Janko. Na poti v postmoderno. Ljubljana: Literarno-umetniško društvo Literatura, 1995.
  • ----. Postmodernizem. Literarni leksikon 43. Ljubljana: DZS, 1995.
  • McCaffery, Larry, ed. Storming the Reality Studio. A Casebook of Cyberpunk and Postmodern Fiction. Durham: Duke University Press, 1991.
  • McHale, Brian. Constructing Postmodernism. New York: Routledge, 1992.
  • Millard, Kenneth. Contemporary American Fiction. An Introduction to American Fiction since 1970. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Novels: A list of selected novels is provided at the beginning of the course.

Grading:

  • One 8 page paper;
  • One 5-minute oral presentation of the paper’s theme;
  • Short (1 page) reading responses for each text;
  • Active participation in class, which will be part of the final grade;
  • Attendance is mandatory (80 % required to pass the course);

Grading scale of 6-10 (pass) and 1-5 (fail), in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana and with the examination system of the Faculty of Arts.