English | Literatures in English, 1900-Present
E304 | 6784 | Judith Brown

Judith Brown

6784 - 2:30p-3:45p TR (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.

TOPIC:  "Memory and Literature"

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, 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, Jamaica Kincaid's My Brother, Mohsin Hamid’s The
Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. 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.