課程資訊
課程名稱
二十一世紀小說專題
Special Topics in the 21st-Century Novel 
開課學期
109-1 
授課對象
文學院  外國語文學研究所  
授課教師
陳春燕 
課號
FL7347 
課程識別碼
122EM4030 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期四7,8,9(14:20~17:20) 
上課地點
外研一 
備註
本課程以英語授課。第二、三類課程。
限碩士班以上
總人數上限:10人 
Ceiba 課程網頁
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1091FL7347_ 
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課程概述

(Announcement as of Aug. 14)
**Please note that the order of readings has been revised.

If you are planning to take the course for credit, try to get hold of the following books as soon as possible. (The instructor will not order books for the class.) You may need to purchase some of them from an international book supplier, but international shipping is getting seriously delayed due to the pandemic.

We will be reading five novels for the semester. The fifth is to be decided later, but these four are in the syllabus for sure, in the order in which they will be read in the semester:

1) Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go. New York: Vintage International, 2005.
2) Sebald, W. G. Austerlitz. Trans. Anthea Bell. London: Penguin, 2011. (German original 2001)
3) O’Neill, Joseph. Netherland. New York: Pantheon, 2008.
4) McCarthy, Tom. Remainder. New York: Vintage, 2007.

Note 1: A different edition or a digital version is fine.
Note 2: Ishiguro and Sebald might be available from 博客來 and 誠品. 

課程目標
This course looks at noteworthy formal, thematic, and epistemological shifts in the novel in the new century. While this temporal demarcation may seem contrived, given the rather brief time period bracketed, this periodization is intended to urge us to identify new ways of discussing the body of work produced in response to our time. The course is aimed at a comparative scope, though most writings selected may be from the English-speaking world.

For this semester, we will be focusing on the stakes of the novel within these contexts in particular: the “post-post era” and the return of realism; neoliberalism and the pervasiveness of the lure of immediacy; the dominance of “world literature.” We will examine the politics and ethics of the novelistic form in light of classic issues such as representation. We will also attend to new possibilities: not only new creative sensibilities but also refreshing critical and theoretical terms, the latter including ways to configure the nonhuman or the impersonal voice in the novelistic architecture.

Topics to be addressed include the following:

--The Narrative Voice of the Nonhuman: Stakes of the English Novel
--The Ethics of the Impersonal: The Limits of Representation
--The Novel as an Epistemology
--The Contemporary Novel and the Neoliberal Logic
--The Impossibility of World Literature 
課程要求
1. Preparation, attendance, and class participation.

2. Two sessions of “discussion facilitation.” Sign up for two sessions of discussion facilitation and prepare discussion questions on the reading materials of the week. Length requirement for each question sheet: 250-400 words.

3. Two “think-pieces.” Write reflections, each 200 words minimum, on two of the novels we read. They should be responses to the questions touched upon in class.

4. Term paper. Word count (not including bibliography): 3,000 words minimum for M.A. students; 5,000 words minimum for Ph.D. students. An abstract of 250-400 words is due in Week 16.

5. Attendance at talks given by invited guests. 
預期每週課後學習時數
 
Office Hours
另約時間 備註: By appointment 
參考書目
See syllabus. 
指定閱讀
In addition to the assigned novels, class materials include critical writings by prominent thinkers and scholars --

Nancy Armstrong
Timothy Bewes
Wendy Brown
Georg Lukács
Walter Benn Michaels
Jacques Rancière
Zadie Smith
Rebecca Walkowitz 
評量方式
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No.
項目
百分比
說明
1. 
preparation, attendance, class participation 
20% 
 
2. 
discussion facilitation 
10% 
 
3. 
think-pieces 
10% 
 
4. 
term paper 
60% 
 
 
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