English 412R


Studies in Genre - Fiction

by Lee Ann Mortensen, Professor at Utah Valley State College

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Lee's bell hooks lecture...

Lee's Obscenity Lecture...

Syllabus

 

This class is about Lee's postmodern and "neo-postmodern" fiction fetishes--the literatures of exhaustion and inexhaustion--and the poststructuralist theories that inform these kinds of texts.  We will read some kick-ass work in this class that will inspire you and upset you (you will laugh AND you will cry), so get ready.

"Did she just say 'kick-ass'?"

"I think she did."

"I'm feeling afraid.  Should we leave?"

"I don't know.  I'll call Phyllis Schlafly.  She'll know what to do."

"She never answers when I call."

"She likes me more."

"That's just what she wants you to think."

"I used to date her, you know."

"That's crap."

"She's not a good kisser."

"That's crap."

"I wish you wouldn't use that kind of language."

"Sorry."

"You should be."

"We wouldn't have to deal with any of this at BYU."

"Lee says she studied this crap at BYU."

"I wish you wouldn't use that kind of language."

"Did she just say 'poststructuralist?"

"I think she did."

"I'm feeling afraid.  Should we leave?"

"I don't know.  I'll call Roland Barthes.  He'll know what to do."

"He's dead."

"Oh.  That's right."

"Death of the author and all."

"Literally."

"First him, and then Michel Foucault."

"All the good queers are dead."

"I wish you wouldn't use that kind of language."

"Haven't you studied queer theory yet?"

"I wish you wouldn't use that kind of language."

"You're a Neanderthal."

"That's highly offensive to Neanderthals."

"Indeed.  Look at you."

"Sticks and stones..."

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