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ENGL 563 AB - Seminar Themes and Movements - Global Anglophone Nonfiction

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One year of graduate study of literature or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

Global Anglophone Nonfiction: As the title indicates, this course will take us through global Anglophone nonfiction from India (Amitav Ghosh), South Africa (Antjie Krog), Croatia (Slavenka Drakulic), Antigua (Jamaica Kincaid), and Guatemala (Rigoberta Menchu). The theoretical lens will involve trying to understand how these nonfictional texts push against what I would like to think of as `regimes of reality- (drawing on Michel Foucault-s notion of `regimes of truth-). We will read not only Foucault in this regard, but also more recent theorists such as Rob Nixon, Walter Benn Michaels, Henry Twidle and David Shields who have contributed to the conversation by noting the contemporary boom in global nonfictional forms and a new normal that places a great creative and commercial premium on making a show of reality.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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