ENGL 494 A: Honors Seminar

Books of Memory and Forgetting

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
CMU 243
Carolyn Allen
Carolyn Allen

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What stories does memory tell? How do they take shape and what do they highlight and keep hidden? In this course, we'll read recent novels and some theory centered in thinking about the forms, politics, and emotions of personal memory as they happen in literature and in life. We'll ask such questions as: What if you're haunted by the place you came from? Does nostalgia filter out the painful past? How are shame and guilt related to memory? What happens if you repress your most powerful feelings? Does current joy depend on past sadness? When does memory of love create obsession? Novelists for the course may include Toni Morrison, Chang-Rae Lee, and Nicole Krauss among others. Come expecting lively conversation and differences of opinion. You'll be doing some short exploratory writing, an annotated bibliography, a longer paper and a class presentation.

Catalog Description: 
Survey of current issues confronting literary critics today, based on revolving themes and topics. Focuses on debates and developments affecting English language and literatures, including questions about: the relationship of culture and history; the effect of emergent technologies on literary study; the rise of interdisciplinary approaches in the humanities.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Honors Course
Last updated: 
March 15, 2016 - 3:31pm