Literary Genres: Going Postal: Epistolary Narrative

Course Number: ENGL 128EN
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit provided letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 128AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2011
Day(s): TR
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: SH 1415

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different. "Going Postal" examines the fictional letter-form and its built-in paradoxes of absence and presence, and also considers the why the genre seems to reappear at particular historical moments. We'll ground ourselves in the eighteenth-century "canon" of verse epistles and letter-novels, including works by Austen, Goethe, Laclos, Pope, and Richardson, then move ahead to Hoffmann, James, and Pynchon, reading critical work on epistolarity along the way.

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