English | Literatures in English, 1900-Present
E304 | 2914 | Judith Brown

Judith Brown

2914 - 1:00p-2:15p TR (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.

In this class, we will look at literatures from across the world
that explore, in one way or another, the concept of memory. We’ll
think about memory as a personal and private experience, as well as
memory more broadly as an articulation of culture. We remember the
past through our layered and emotionally-laden perceptions in the
present. How, do literary texts from around the world, and
throughout the twentieth century, express an engagement with memory,
and a reinvention of the past? We’ll consider a variety of novels
and memoirs that engage with and reimagine former times, from
stories of personal loss, to stories that speak to the history of a
nation, a culture, or the particular experiences of war,
colonialism, revolution, and the Holocaust. Our readings will likely
include the following works (although this is subject to change):
Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, R.K. Narayan’s The English
Teacher, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Alan Paton’s Too
Late the Phalarope, Eli Wiesel’s Night, Tim O’Brien’s The Things
They Carried, Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans, Michelle
Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Azar
Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran, Ian McEwan’s Atonement, and
Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

The reading in this class will be fairly heavy – roughly a short- to
medium-length novel per week.  Students should be prepared to keep
up with the reading and to arrive to each class ready to discuss the
works in question. Course work will include two exams and two papers.