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Syllabus 2015-16

Module convenor: Mark Storey

Teaching fellow: Paul Whitehouse

Below is the outline syllabus for 2015-16. More details and links will be added later, including, for the 'Genre' weeks, copies of all the short stories for you to download. If you have any questions please email me:

**Many of the novels you'll need to buy, especially in the first half of the course, are available online for under £2. While the library will have several copies of each, I would recommend you get hold of your own: this way it won't be recalled by someone else, and you can make notes in it. PLEASE don't wait until the week before to order the book -- plan ahead and get a copy in plenty of time.**



  1. Introduction: Here are a selection of documents and links that range across the whole of our historical period, from political tracts and social criticism, through feature films and documentaries, to essays and polemics on literature and art. You should try to read/watch as many as you can, at least a few that interest you, and come to the first seminar ready to discuss them. Read: Randolph Bourne, 'Trans-National America' (1916); Alain Locke, 'The New Negro' (1925); Norman Mailer, from 'The White Negro' (1957); Rachel Carson, 'A Fable for Tomorrow' from Silent Spring (1962); Joan Didion, 'The White Album' (1968-78); Jean Baudrillard, 'The Hyperreal and the Imaginary' (1981); Gloria Anzaldua, from Borderlands/La Frontera (1987); David Foster Wallace, 'E Unibus Pluram: Television and US Fiction' (1993); Watch: Manhatta (Dir. Paul Strand, 1921); Modern Times (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1936); The Monsanto 'House of the Future' at Disneyland (early 1960s); James Baldwin, 'Take This Hammer' (1963); Martin Luther King,'I Have Been to the Mountaintop' [final part] (1968); The end of Rocky IV (1985); Pat Buchanan speech at the Republican Convention (1992); Bill Clinton apologises for Lewinsky scandal (1998)
  2. Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)
  3. John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer (1925)
  4. Nella Larsen, Passing (1929)
  5. William Faulkner, Light in August (1932)
  6. Reading week
  7. Genre #1: Crime -- Raymond Chandler, 'Pick Up On Noon Street' (1936); James Ellroy, 'Dial Axminster 6-400' (1987); Sara Paretsky, 'The Maltese Cat' (1990)
  8. Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)
  9. Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)
  10. N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn (1968)
  1. James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk (1974)
  2. Michael Herr, Dispatches (1977)
  3. Don DeLillo, White Noise (1985)
  4. Toni Morrison, Jazz (1992)
  5. Reading week
  6. Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (1991)
  7. Karen Tei Yamashita, Tropic of Orange (1997)
  8. TBC