Units of Study

ENGL2635 - Contemporary American Literature

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Rodney Joseph Taveira

Description

In an era of boom and bust, and in the wake of postmodernism, how do texts track their own fortunes and investments? We consider the way post-9/11 American culture engages with an ethos of correction to discuss the most interesting and exploratory work of the last decade. We are specifically interested in "other" Americas -- diverse communities beset by war, poverty, debt, resignation; the centrepiece of the unit is a sustained consideration of the television series The Wire.

Assessments

1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x1000wd seminar presentation (10%), 1x3000wd take-home exercise (50%)

Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

Prerequisites

18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature

Prohibitions

ENGL2035

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