Welcome. This is a blog for New Literature, a course being offered at the University of Pittsburgh during the Spring of 2012. The posts you will find here are by students participating in this class. The subtitle and theme of this course is “U.S. Fiction in the Wake of Postmodernism.” Over the course of the semester we will be reading the following texts, and students will be responding to them. The texts below are listed in the order we will be reading them.
The Primary Reading:
Don DeLillo, White Noise: Text and Criticism, ed. Mark Osteen (New York: Penguin, 1998
David Foster Wallace, Girl with Curious Hair (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1989).
Slavoj Žižek, Welcome to the Desert of the Real (New York: Verso, 2002).
Richard Kelly & Brett Weldele, Southland Tales: The Prequel Saga (Anaheim: Graphitti
Amy Waldman, The Submission (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011).
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (New York: Picador, 2011 ).
The Secondary Reading:
Jonathan Franzen, “Why Bother?” in How to Be Alone: Essays (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002), 55-97.
Jonathan Lethem, “Postmodernism as Liberty Valance: Notes on a Ritual Killing” in The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. (New York: Doubleday, 2011).
Walker Percy, “The Loss of the Creature,” http://www.udel.edu/anthro/ackerman/loss_creature.pdf.
Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” in Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt, trans. Harry Zohn (New York: Schocken Books, 1968), 217-253.
Jean Baudrillard, “The Precession of Simulacra” in Simulacra and Simulation, trans. Sheila Faria Glaser (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1994), 1-42.
John Barth, “Lost in the Funhouse” in Lost in the Funhouse: Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice (New York: Anchor Books, 1988 ), 72-97.
Fredric Jameson, “The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” in Postmodernism; or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Durham: Duke University Press, 1991), 1-55.
David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction” in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never do Again (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 1996), 21-82.
David Foster Wallace, “Octet” in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 1999), 131-160.
Steven Shaviro, “Southland Tales,” The Pinocchio Theory (weblog), http://www.shaviro.com/Blog/?p=611.
David Foster Wallace, “Fictional Futures and the Conspicuously Young,” The Review of Contemporary Fiction 8.3 (1988): 36-53, http://www.theknowe.net/dfwfiles/pdfs/ffacy.pdf.
Jacques Derrida, “No Apocalypse, Not Now (Full Speed Ahead, Seven Missiles, Seven Missives),” trans. Catherine Porter & Philip Lewis, in Psyche: Inventions of the Other, Vol. 1, ed. Peggy Kamuf & Elizabeth Rottenberg (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007), 387-410.
Fredric Jameson, “New Literary History and the End of the New,” New Literary History 39.3 (Summer 2008): 375-87.
Lev Grossman, “Jonathan Franzen: The Wide Shot,” Time 176.8 (Aug. 23, 2010): 42-8, http://www.time.com/ time/magazine/article /0,9171,2010185,00.html.
Michiko Kakutani, “A Family Full of Unhappiness, Hoping for Transcendence,” The New York Times (Aug. 15, 2010), C1, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/16/books/16book.html.
Sam Tanenhaus, “Peace and War,” The New York Times Book Review (Aug. 19, 2010), http://www.nytimes.com/ 2010/08/29/books/review/Tanenhaus-t.html?ref=books
B.R. Myers, “Smaller Than Life,” The Atlantic (Oct. 2010), http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/ 10/smaller-than-life/8212/