ENGL 379 A: Special Topics In Forms/genres/media

Narrative as Time Machine

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
THO 135
SLN: 
13950
Instructor:
Mark Patterson
Mark Patterson

Syllabus Description:

Narrative as Time Machine.  This is a course about different ways to tell time.  And the only way we can tell time is by telling a story about time.  Note that the word “tell” figures heavily in both aspects. Stories engage us in issues of time in two ways.  First, narrative happens in time, and we are always experiencing the different ways that stories shape this experience (“How long will it take me to read this novel before class?” Or “I had to read the same sentence three times before I understood it”).  Second, narrative is always about time, or at least about different ways to represent time (historically, experientially, deep time, etc.)  We will read a series of novels and study several films that engage these different ways of experiencing time.  These works will help us think about and discuss issues like the representation of history, the deep time of evolution, the expansion and contraction of time (and space) in our contemporary global society and narrative techniques like stream of consciousness and the distinction between fabula and sjuzhet.

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Catalog Description: 
Introduces and explores a specific area of form, genre, or media as it has influenced the production, practice, or study of literature, language, and culture in English.
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 10:10pm