30.478 Postmodernism and Beyond

We will examine late 20th century and early 21st century literature and film, focusing on how artistic works and human emotions respond to new media environments, to scientific advances, and to a culture of simulation. Films could include Joel & Ethan Coen, O Brother, Where Art Thou?; and Kaufman,& Jonze, Adaption. Fiction could include Stoppard, The Real Inspector Hound;  Lem, A Perfect Vacuum; Wallace, The Suffering Channel; Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story; Powers, Generosity; and  Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad. Titles may change with little notice.

3 lecture hours per week, one term.

Prerequisite: 12 credit hours in English literature (ENGL)or permission of Instructor.