The Post-Literary Condition

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Fall 2019
Instructor: Raley, Rita
Day(s): M W
Time: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM
Location: SH 2617
Description:

What are the new modes of literary expression now—after the supposed death of the novel and the lyric voice, and as extinction narratives for publishing, the printed word, and even language itself grow ever more common? What is significant about literary uses of vernacular forms of communication, social media platforms, or game mechanics? How have writers and artists exploited the very media that are said to be their undoing? Now that natural language models are “better” at generating synthetic text—so good in fact that one can almost see the genres falling like dominoes, from earthquake reports, sports recaps, and market analyses en route to the holy grail, the novel—the function and significance of human authors continues to transform. What is left for humans to do with symbolic systems—whether language, images, or code—and what constitutes creativity now? In short, what is the “post-literary condition” and how do language artists help us understand our place in this moment and this milieu?