Jan 15: Postmodern fiction and transnational politics.
Jan 22: In the ruins of the future: Don DeLillo’s Falling Man.
DeLillo, “In the Ruins of the Future: Reflections on Terror and Loss in the Shadow of September.” UB Learns
Jan 29: The spirit of terrorism: DeLillo’s Falling Man.
Jean Baudrillard, “The Spirit of Terrorism.” UB Learns
Tom Junod, “The Falling Man.” UB Learns
Feb 5: Transnational theocracy and the liberal state: John Updike’s Terrorist.
Charles McGrath, “An Interview with John Updike.” UB Learns
Feb 12: Collective post-traumatic stress disorder: Paul West’s The Immensity of the Here and Now.
Slavoj Žižek, “Welcome to the Desert of the Real!” UB Learns
Feb 19: Ming yi: brilliance injured: West’s The Immensity of the Here and Now.
Jay McInerney, “The Uses of Invention.” UB Learns
Feb 26: The accidental tourist: Michel Houellebecq’s Platform.
Jameson, Fredric. “The Dialectics of Disaster.” UB Learns
Mar 4: “Politics in a literary work”: Orhan Pamuk’s Snow.
Pamuk, “My Father’s Suitcase.” Nobel Prize Speech. UB Learns
Mar 11: Spring Recess
Mar 18: To cover or not to cover: Pamuk’s Snow.
Pamuk, “Freedom to Write.” From Other Colors. UB Learns
Mar 25: Universal human rights?: J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello.
Paul West, The Very Rich Hours of Count von Stauffenberg.
Hugo von Hoffmansthal, The Lord Chandos Letter and Other Writings.
Apr 1: Alternative history, or, the Other side of the tapestry. Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day.
Joseph Conte, “Alternative Current of History Powers Latest from Pynchon.” UB Learns
Apr 8: Bol’shaia Igra, or, the Great Game. Pynchon’s Against the Day.
Bernard Duyfhuizen, “‘The Exact
Degree of Fictitiousness’: Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day.”
Apr 15: International anarchist conspiracy communiqué. Pynchon’s Against the Day.
Christopher Sorrentino, “Post-Modern Pynchon.” UB Learns
Apr 22: The weather underground. Dana Spiotta’s Eat the Document.
Joseph Conte, “Domestic Terrorism Goes Underground.” UB Learns
Coetzee, J. M. Elizabeth Costello. New York: Penguin, 2003.
DeLillo, Don. Falling Man. New York: Scribner, 2007.
Houellebecq, Michel. Platform. New York: Vintage, 2002.
Pamuk, Orhan. Snow. New York: Vintage, 2004.
Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day. New York: Penguin, 2006.
Updike, John. Terrorist. New York: Ballantine, 2006.
Spiotta, Dana. Eat the Document. New York: Scribner, 2006.
West, Paul. The Immensity of the Here and Now: A Novel of 9.11. Rutherford, NJ: Voyant Publishing, 2003.
All texts for the course can be found at Talking Leaves Bookstore, 3158 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214; (716) 837-8554.
For all students registered intensively, a 20-minute oral presentation on an issue related to course materials, accompanied by a one-page single-spaced précis and bibliography of additional sources; a twenty-page research paper due no later than Tuesday, April 29. For M.A. students registered extensively, a 20-minute oral presentation or short position paper is required for a letter grade.
Baudrillard, Jean. The Spirit of Terrorism and Other Essays. Trans. Chris Turner. London and New York: Verso, 2002.
Conte, Joseph. “Alternative Current of History Powers Latest from Pynchon.” Buffalo News 3 December 2006: G5.
---. “Domestic Terrorism Goes Underground.” Buffalo News 4 June 2006: G5.
DeLillo, Don. “In the Ruins of the Future: Reflections on Terror and Loss in the Shadow of September.” Harper’s December 2001: 33-40.
Duyfhuizen, Bernard. “The Exact Degree of Fictitiousness”: Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day. Postmodern Culture 17:2 (January 2007).
Hoffmansthal, Hugo von. The Lord Chandos Letter and Other Writings. Trans. Joel Rotenberg. New York: NY Review Books, 2005.
Jameson, Fredric. “The Dialectics of Disaster.” South Atlantic Quarterly 101 (2002): 297-304.
Junod, Tom. “The Falling Man.” Esquire 1 Sept. 2003. 24 Apr. 2007. <http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ0903-SEP_FALLINGMAN>.
McGrath, Charles. “An Interview with John Updike.” New York Times 31 May 2006. <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/31/books/31updi.html>.
McInerney, Jay. “The Uses of Invention.” Guardian Unlimited. 17 September 2005. <http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1570906,00.html>.
Pamuk, Orhan. Other Colors: Essays and a Story. Trans. Maureen Freely. New York: Knopf, 2007.
Sorrentino, Christopher. “Post-Modern Pynchon.” Los Angeles Times 19 November 2006.
West, Paul. The Very Rich Hours of Count von Stauffenberg. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. PS3573 .E8247 V4 1980
Žižek, Slavoj. “Welcome to the Desert of the Real!” South Atlantic Quarterly 101 (2002): 385-89.
Last revised on Tuesday, January 15, 2008.
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