Contemporary Novel: Post-2000 - AAALE018A
Poslední úprava: Mgr. David Vichnar, Ph.D. (22.09.2017)
The course will explore a range of Anglophone novelists post-2000, whose work has been described by many critics as “experimental” and continuing the unfinished project of the historical avant-garde. Departing from an introductory lecture on "what ‘was’ postmodernism?", the course will consider how the postmodernist project of “incredulity towards metanarratives” has been pursued in the works of innovative writers of the past two decades. Topics covered include textuality in the age of hypertext, critical fiction in the age of pseudo-politics, literature of simulation, etc. Authors dealt with include Louis Armand, Joshua Cohen, Mark Danielewski, Jennifer Egan, Kenneth Goldsmith, Stewart Home, Chris Kraus, Tom McCarthy, Iain Sinclair, Lynne Tillman, and—paradoxically if also compulsorily—David Foster Wallace.
Oct 3 Introduction: The Novel Post-2000 – A Report on Knowledge
Oct 10 David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (1997) – excerpts;
“E Unibus Pluram: Television & US Fiction” (1993)
Oct 17 Kenneth Goldsmith, Fidget (2000); Uncreative Writing (2011)
Oct 24 Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Oct 31 Stewart Home, 69 Things to Do With a Dead Princess (2002)
“The Assault on Culture” (1991)
Nov 7 Tom McCarthy, Remainder (2005)
Nov 14 Iain Sinclair, Edge of the Orison (2006)
Nov 21 Lynne Tillman, American Genius, A Comedy (2006)
Nov 28 Joshua Cohen, Witz (2010)
Dec 5 Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
Dec 12 Chris Kraus, Summer of Hate (2012)
"Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader", eds. Kraus & Lotringer
Dec 19 Louis Armand, The Combinations (2016)
Jan 2/9 Conclusion/Reserve
All of the primary reading will be available from the faculty Moodle system for the students to study as part of their weekly readings.
The in-class presentation should last around 30 minutes (followed by a 15-min Q&A) and should be focused solely on a close reading of the text in question (i.e., no lengthy biographical summaries, no paraphrases of extant critical accounts). Every presenter should, in reasonable advance (by Sunday noon), assign the rest of the class a particular passage from the work-to-be-presented (50 pages), on which his/her presentation and subsequent discussion should be focused. In response to the presentation, each member of the audience should form a question to the presenter in the Q&A session after each presentation.
The final seminar paper shall have the scope of 2,500 words (for a non-graded paper), or 4,000 words (for a graded paper) and will be due by the end of January 2018. Individual deadline extensions are possible, but need to be discussed with the lecturer in reasonable advance. N.B. Students need to discuss their final paper topics, bibliography, etc. with the lecturer ahead of the end of the course, i.e. in mid-December.
Students will be given their credit for presence at, and active participation in, a minimum 10 sessions (of 12 total), as well as their final paper (50%). N.B. Due to Departmental policy, only MA students are allowed to enroll for the graded paper credit option. N.B. for Erasmus students: you can only enroll for the non-graded/Zápočet credit option; however, should your home university demand it, you can consequently receive a “grade” for your overall performance.