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Title : 21L.705 Major Authors: Melville and Morrison (MIT)

Description : This seminar provides intensive study of texts by two American authors (Herman Melville, 1819-1891, and Toni Morrison, 1931-) who, using lyrical, radically innovative prose, explore in different ways epic notions of American identity. Focusing on Melville's Typee (1846), Moby-Dick (1851), and The Confidence-Man (1857) and Morrison's Sula (1973), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1998), the class will address their common concerns with issues of gender, race, language, and nationhood. Be prepared to read deeply (i.e. a small number of texts with considerable care), to draw on a variety of sources in different media, and to employ them in creative research, writing, and multimedia projects.

Fromsemester : Fall

Fromyear : 2003

Creator :

Date : 2004-03-31T07:19:36+05:00

Relation : 21L.705

Relation : WGS.512

Language : en-US

Subject : literature

Subject : herman melville

Subject : toni morrison

Subject : epic

Subject : american

Subject : moby dick

Subject : beloved

Subject : gender

Subject : race

Subject : language

Subject : nationhood

Subject : multimedia

Subject : women's studies

Subject : culture

Subject : film

Subject : text

Subject : SP.512

Subject : WMN.512

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