Literary History 3

L316 — Fall 2019

Judith C. Brown
Days and Times
11:15a - 12:30p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Nostalgia and Narrative

You can’t go home again. Or can you? This class thinks about home, loss, and that pleasurably achy feeling of nostalgia. Nostalgia was first understood as a kind of men­tal illness. Now we associate it with a personal or cultural desire for times past. Is nos­talgia conservative? Does it have a national or gender politics? Does it tell us any­thing about the future, or our feelings about our globalizing world? We’ll discuss nostalgia at the beginning and end of the twentieth century, and in relation to movements such as modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism. We’ll read works by Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, Scott Fitzger­ald, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jhumpa Lahiri, Mohsin Hamid, Colson Whitehead, and Lynn Nottage.

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