Playful Subversion: Understanding Post Modern Text

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Playful Subversion: Understanding Post Modern Text

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENG 102

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of the course is to situate select theoretical and literary texts within the post-modern aesthetic, and to understand both postmodern theory and post-modern writing as commentary on, and reaction to, a world disenchanted of the myth of progress, suspicious of the legitimacy of authority, and filled with anxiety over the attribute of authenticity in identity, experience, and ?things in the world.? Where modernist writers have reacted with nostalgia, however, postmodernists have seen opportunity for "playful subversion" of the fundamental categories of western thought. We will consider subversion of narrative, history, identity, and gender. Where subversion aims at a clear break with power, playfulness seeks to transform this radical uncertainty into a space for individual freedom.

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