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2016-17 syllabus

Timetable TBC

Stephen Shapiro, convenor (s.shapiro@warwick.ac.uk)
Mark Storey (m.j.storey@warwick.ac.uk)

Please purchase and read this book on writing essays BEFORE Week 4: Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Norton, 2006; rev. ed. 2014)

Term 1, week 1: joint session 1: Introduction: C21 US writing and culture

Term 2, week 1: joint session 2: Occupy Wall Street


Stephen's readings

Week 2.
George Saunders, Pastoralia (Bloomsbury, 2000) [Read these stories only: “Pastoralia,” “Winky,” “Sea Oak” and “The Falls”]
Ivor Southwood, selections from Non-Stop Inertia (Zero Books, 2011) [available on forum]. Read pages 1-30.
Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zero Books, 2009) [skip sections 6 and 7]

“Fuck You, Buddy” from The Trap (2007), dir. Adam Curtis (in-class viewing)

Week 3.
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King (Please read only these sections of The Pale King: 1-6; 8-9; 13-14; 17; 19; 22-25; 27; 44-45; Notes and Asides)
Gerard Duménil and Dominique Lévy, from The Crisis of Neoliberalism (Harvard UP, 2011): 7-32, 45-54 [handout]

Week 4.
Joshua Clover, Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso, 2016)
#blacklivesmatter videos

Week 5.
Claudia Rankine, Citizen, An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014), parts I-V, pages 5-79.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Text Publishing, 2015)
Dave Zirin, "Serena Williams is Today's Muhammed Ali"; "Serena Williams, Indian Wells and Rewriting the Future"

Week 7.
Darryl Pinckney, Black Deutschland (Farrar, Strauss, 2016)

Week 8.
Don DeLillo, Zero K (Picador, 2016)

Week 9.
Transparent, Season 2 (Amazon, 2015)

Week 10.
“Homosexuality - a Christian Dialogue” @ William Jessup University (in class viewing and discussion)
https://vimeo.com/52718211


Mark's readings

Week 2.
The WikiLeaks Files (Verso, 2015) [You only need to read Part I]

Week 3.
Phil Klay, Redeployment (Canongate, 2014) + Nina Berman, photography (to be supplied)

Week 4.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantánamo Diary (Canongate, 2015)

Week 5.
Grégoire Chamayou, Drone Theory (2015) [extracts to be supplied] + Zero Dark Thirty (Dir. Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)

Week 7.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015)

Week 8.
Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (Verso, 2013)

Week 9.
Lisa D'Amour, Detroit (Faber and Faber, 2012), Detropia (dir. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2012; in class viewing) and articles on Flint water crisis (to be supplied)

Week 10.
The Americans, Season 1 (FX, 2013) - can be streamed through Amazon Prime (30-day free trial available) or purchased as DVD