This course examines examples of post-1980s US fiction that have garnered literary prizes, entered the "canon” of contemporary US literature and/or received much critical attention. We will focus on the reemergence of genre fiction (including speculative, thriller, and magical realist fiction) and its relationship to theories of contemporary cultural production (such as postmodernism, globalization and trauma theory) by reading the work of John Barth, Octavia Butler, Anna Castillo, Louise Erdrich, Jonathan F. Foer, and Karen Tei Yamashita.
Students will need to purchase a Reader (Copy&Paste) as well as the following texts:
1) Butler, Octavia. Kindred. Beacon Press, 1988. ISBN 0807083690.
2) Castillo, Anna. The Guardians. New York: Random House, 2007.
3) Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine: New and Expanded Version (P.S). Perennial, 2016. ISBN 0061787426
4) Foer, Jonathan S. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN 0618711651
5) Yamashita, Karen Tei. Tropic of Orange. Coffee House Press, 1997. ISBN 1566890640
Please sign up via Stud.IP. All students have to participate in a QUIZ (Lektürekontrolle) in the first session. Please read the first 100 pages of Love Medicine and bring along the text to the first session. If you pass the quiz you're enrolled in the class regardless of Stud.IP registration.