A variable topics course in a variety of fields and genres, such as City in Literature.
ENGL 497: Literature & Culture, Writing On/Writing Off New Orleans
Mondays & Wednesdays 2-3:15
Instructor: Logan Browning E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: Fondren 407 Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:00 and by apt.
A remarkably diverse group of writers has drawn upon New Orleans and its environs as setting, inspiration, and example in the production of virtually every literary genre. Many of these authors, particularly those writing since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, have tried to predict the city’s future or pronounce its doom. We will look at some of the more notable instances of this New Orleans writing and try to understand the relation between them and the city’s languages, ethnic identities, musical heritage, visual arts, festivals, and cuisines. Our reading will include such texts as Kate Chopin, The Awakening, Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, Walker Percy, The Moviegoer, John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces, Michael Ondaatje, Coming through Slaughter, Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, Anne Rice, Feast of all Saints, Julia Reed, The House on First Street, James Lee Burke, The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Mystery, and Douglas Brinkley, The Great Deluge, as well as brief selections from a variety of other writers such as Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, George Washington Cable, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty. We will have some good food, drink, and music while we’re at it, and will make a research trip to New Orleans if at all possible.
20% - 2 oral presentations-12 mins. each
60% - Final Essay
20% - Participation