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
111-1 
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
122 M4030 
班次
 
學分
3.0 
全/半年
半年 
必/選修
選修 
上課時間
星期五2,3,4(9:10~12:10) 
上課地點
外研三 
備註
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總人數上限:12人 
 
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課程概述

This course is premised on the observation that it is about time we began to see the twenty-first century as a new period (rather than, say, part of a prolonged “contemporary”), and that the thematic and, perhaps more significantly, the formal and epistemological characteristics of the novel produced in the last two decades are crucial clues about such a paradigm shift.

For this semester, our discussion will be focused on these topics:

• How the nonhuman or the impersonal may assume a voice or narrative position in the novel, and how this device undermines the individualistic subjectivity that has long undergirded the novelistic architecture;
• How neoliberalism may have turned into a cultural logic and altered our affective, psychic, and cognitive life;
• How the sweeping power of digital media is creating new sensibilities and how such a change materializes in novelistic writing (and art as well) as an obsession with immediacy or absence of mediation;
• How the “return of realism” (and the waning of postmodernism) that critics have identified may be resonant with the intense attention turned to the “realism” of the objective world in critical theory;
• And how the overabundance of things presented directly in fiction and art today is a response (but may not be an effective solution) to the precarity of representation.
 

課程目標
The course seeks to explore refreshing methods of reading the novel other than plot and character analysis. The critical and theoretical writings to be read alongside the five novels will help us engage, albeit indirectly, with important debates taking place in the humanities in recent years—in particular, the turn to objects (speculative realism) and matter (new materialism), the privileging of unmediated experience (new media studies), and the call to get rid of critique (the Anthropocene discourse).

Course Materials:
• Assigned novels (The students are responsible for getting hold of these novels prior to class.)
• Course packet compiled by the instructor, available for purchase at a copy shop  
課程要求
1. Preparation, attendance, and class participation.

2. Two sessions of “discussion facilitation” (one session for 1st-year M.A. students). Discussion facilitation is not meant to be an oral presentation where you summarize the reading. Rather, you should raise questions about parts of the reading you find noteworthy. Make hard copies of your questions for the class.

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

4. Term paper. Word count (incl. notes but excl. 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 15; an individual meeting with the instructor will be scheduled for Week 16.

5. Attendance at talks or reading group meetings organized by the instructor. 
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
[Novels] –Any publisher’s edition is fine.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go. London: Faber and Faber, 2005.
Lockwood, Patricia. No One Is Talking about This. New York: Riverhead, 2021.
McCarthy, Tom. Remainder. 2005. New York: Vintage, 2007.
O’Neill, Joseph. Netherland. New York: Vintage, 2008.
Sebald, W. G. Austerlitz. Trans. Anthea Bell. London: Penguin, 2011. (German original 2001)

[Secondary Materials]

Armstrong, Nancy. “The Affective Turn in Contemporary Fiction.” Contemporary Literature 55.3 (2014): 441-65.
Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Fiftieth-Anniversary ed. Trans. Willard R. Trask. 1953. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2003.
Bewes, Timothy. “What Is a Literary Landscape? Immanence and the Ethics of Form.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 16.1 (2005): 63-102.
Brown, Wendy. “Neoliberalism and the End of Liberal Democracy.” Edgework: Critical Essays in Knowledge and Politics. By Brown. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005. 37-59.
Esposito, Roberto. Third Person: Politics of Life and Philosophy of the Impersonal. Trans. Zakiya Hanafi. Cambridge: Polity, 2012.
Foster, Hal. Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency. London: Verso, 2015.
Huehls, Mitchum. After Critique: Twenty-First-Century Fiction in a Neoliberal Age. New York: Oxford UP, 2016.
Huehls, Mitchum, and Rachel Greenwald Smith. “Four Phases of Neoliberalism and Literature: An Introduction.” Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture. Ed. Huehls and Greenwald Smith. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2017. 1-18.
Nilges, Mathias. “Neoliberalism and the Time of the Novel.” Neoliberalism and the Novel. Spec. issue of Textual Practice 29.2 (2015): 357-77.
Rancière, Jacques. “Are Some Things Unrepresentable?” The Future of the Image. Trans. Gregory Elliott. London: Verso, 2007. 109-38.
Sebald, W. G. “Between History and Natural History: On the Literary Description of Total Destruction.” Campo Santo. By Sebald. Ed. Sven Meyer. Trans. Anthea Bell. New York: Penguin, 2006. 68-101.
Smith, Zadie. “Two Paths for the Novel.” The New York Review of Books 20 Nov. 2008: 89-94. 
評量方式
(僅供參考)
 
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% 
 
 
針對學生困難提供學生調整方式
 
上課形式
以錄音輔助
作業繳交方式
延長作業繳交期限
考試形式
書面(口頭)報告取代考試
其他
課程進度
週次
日期
單元主題
第1週
9/9  HOLIDAY 
第2週
9/16  Introduction to the Course: The Novel and the Human Condition

--Auerbach (selections) 
第3週
9/23  The Narrative Voice of the Nonhuman (I)

--Esposito (selections)
--Armstrong 
第4週
9/30  The Narrative Voice of the Nonhuman (II)

--Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go 
第5週
10/7  The Ethics of the Impersonal (I)

--Ranciere 
第6週
10/14  The Ethics of the Impersonal (II)

--Bewes
--Sebald, “Between History and Natural History” 
第7週
10/21  READING PERIOD 
第8週
10/28  The Ethics of the Impersonal (III)

--Sebald, Austerlitz 
第9週
11/4  The Lure of Immediacy (I)

--Nilges
--Brown 
第10週
11/11  The Lure of Immediacy (II)

--McCarhy, Remainder 
第11週
11/18  The Return of Realism (I)

--Zadie Smith
--Huehls and Greenwald Smith 
第12週
11/25  READING PERIOD 
第13週
12/2  The Return of Realism (II)

--O'Neill, Netherland 
第14週
12/9  Excessive Mimesis in the Postcritical Era (I)

--Foster (selections)
--Huehls (selections) 
第15週
12/16  Excessive Mimesis in the Postcritical Era (II)

--Lockwood, No One Is Talking about This 
第16週
12/23  Individual Sessions

**Term paper due Jan. 6, 2023