POSTMODERNIST FICTION

English 5321.501      Summer I, 2012
TTh 5:30-9:50        Prof. Paul Cohen
Flowers Hall 358      Phone: 245-7685
Email: cohen@txstate.edu
Office hours: MTTh 3:00-4:00, and by appointment



Not a movement or a style, yet characterized by a distinctive perspective, the postmodern spirit has been evident in many key works of recent philosophy, social theory, literature, art, music, architecture, and even technology. We will study examples of postmodernist theory and fiction against the background of early-twentieth-century avant-garde and modernist work, moving toward a more comprehensive grasp of the literature and culture of our own day.

These Web pages contain much material connected with the course and the subject. I will be asking you to study some of this material as the course goes on. In the meantime, feel free to explore. Please bear in mind that these pages are meant to be a tool for use with this course, rather than a comprehensive overview of postmodernism.

Syllabus

Periods

Subjects

Ihab Hassan on Modernism and Postmodernism

Postmodernism Web sites

Joyce

Poetry

Fiction with unusual structures

Harry Mathews' "Country Cooking"

Tom Phillips' Ulysses

Oulipo selection

N+7 generator

Hypertext

Twelve Blue

lOvOne

The Museum

Briar Rose

Pride and Prejudice

Victorian Web

Remainder

The Falls

John Cage: Organ2 / ASLSP

Five Easy Pieces scene

Paper 1

Openings

Paper 2

Final Examination