Contemporary American Fiction

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Course Description

This course is a guided tour through the post-war American literary landscape from the suburbia to cyberspace.  Topics will include postmodernism, paranoia, mediation, sampling, borders/borderlessness, the blurring of fact and fiction, identity and performance, and issues of race, class, and gender.  Because Los Angeles is considered by many to be a quintessentially postmodern city, much of our reading will focus on L.A., and we will take advantage of the city’s postmodern treasures.

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