English 262 - Winter, 2017

American Literature after 1914

Class Information

Instructor: Martín, Desirée
CRN: 44096
Time: T 3:10-6:00
Location: 120 Voorhies


    In recent years, American cultural studies have been productively redirected away from the hegemonic national model and towards other categories such as the transnational and the regional. These are categories that might seem to be diametrically opposed to one another, as regional literatures have been historically thought of as minor or peripheral categories of a national tradition, while transnationalism is generally regarded through the lens of border-crossing, narratives of contact zones, and globalization. Yet narratives of nationalism are also structured through the transnational and regional, while the transnational and regional may be read through various forms of nationalism. In this seminar, we will examine the intersections between the national, transnational, regional, paying particular attention to the manner in which all of these terms shape each other.


    Class participation
    In-class presentation (@ 20 min) with written analysis (2-3 pgs)
    15-20 pg. seminar paper

    In addition, you will be required to submit an abstract of your final paper a few weeks before it is due so that I can provide comments and feedback (will not be graded)


    Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
    Absalom, Absalom!, William Faulkner
    Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather
    Their Dogs Came With Them, Viramontes
    The Brief Wonderouse Life of Oscar Wao, Diaz
    City of Night, Rechy
    Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy