Autofiction, Life Narratives, and American Literature
DozentIn: Jatin Wagle
Zeiten: Mo. 14:00 - 16:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: In 2014, Jonathon Sturgeon announced the death of the so called postmodern novel and portended the rise of autofiction - a sort of return to the self in narrative fiction. In other words, after a long detour toward fragmentation and dissipation of the self, the novel appeared to reassert and reaffirm the self. But, how does autofiction construct this self? Its formal techniques seem to resemble those found among life-writing genres. This seminar in American Studies aims at examining the formal and narrative anatomy of contemporary autofiction by relating it to older forms of life-writing, and in the process, explore the interweaving and complication of fictional and nonfictional elements and claims in these forms.
We will be discussing the following primary texts in our course:
Harriet E. Wilson, _Our Nig: Sketches from the Life of a Free Black_ (1859) [Freely available at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/584; recommended print version: Penguin Classics, 2009, ISBN: 9780143105763]
Louise Erdrich, _The Night Watchman_ (2020) [Corsair, 2021, ISBN: 9781472155368]
Please procure these books and start reading them.
In order to take and enjoy this class, you should be willing to read, analyze, and discuss analytical and theoretical texts, as well as narrative fiction. This seminar is recommended for fourth and fifth semester students of English and American Studies, as it builds on students’ sound awareness and understanding of critical approaches to the study of literature.
As part of your assigned work in this seminar, all the course participants would need to carefully prepare the reading(s) allotted for a session, develop points of discussion, respond to the reading(s) via annotations on Google Docs. If you have queries or doubts, they should also be raised on the digital, collaborative tools. Our weekly, in-person meetings will be assisted by expert groups/session presenters.
Prerequisites for participation: ANG-B1 module