Literature/Anti-Literature (EAS3180)

30 credits

This module focuses on ways writers and theorists from different periods and places have engaged with constructions of the literary, and have deployed innovative fictional machines to test the limits of such constructions. (Authors we will read include Samuel Beckett, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, Marilynne Robinson, JM Coetzee, David Foster Wallace, Cormac McCarthy and Thomas Bernhard). As its name suggests, this module centres on acts of subversion or countering, and how literature has been defined against itself and other discourses. This course is therefore concerned with the underpinnings of our notions about what literature itself is, and the potentially negative force of the literary (a force which might be interpreted as social critique, ethical potentiality, or something more disturbing or undefinable).