99年第2學期-0179 文討：後現代文學及理論 課程資訊
|Two shorter papers (summary/response)||30||Related to in class readings|
|a full research paper||30||Independent topic on Postmodernism|
|shorter presentation||20||Based on readings, lectures, discussions|
|student’s semester research project presentations||20||Explanation of direction and purpose of the research paper|
1. To understand and relate in writing, in discussions, and in presentations, a thorough understanding of the history, and the historical significance of postmodernism, as it has affected the development of art and current world views. This will include being able to identify those writers, artists, critics, and film makers whose works are received as categorically postmodern, and being able to situate those artists and their works relative to particular historical and cultural moments
2. To understand and apply the various terms and ideas of postmodern theory to their appropriate use in the analysis, response and critique of the various course readings and viewing selections. Also to be able to comprehend why these terms and their respective theories were developed, why they are germane to the understanding of current artistic and social manifestations, and to explain their significance in writing presentations, and discussions.
3. To comprehend and relate in writing, in discussion, and in presentations the ways that postmodern theory and art enhance an understanding of what Jean-Francios Lyotard terms “the Postmodern Condition.” Such a comprehension should reflect an awareness of how postmodern culture has become a global phenomenon, and how it has come to play a role in the art and society of Taiwan. This would include Postmodernism’s numerous influences concerning politics, economics and social relations of all types, most especially those involving race, class, and gender.
4. To develop individual interpretations of how postmodernism and postmodern literature and theory have impacted art and society, and to be able to relate this understanding, based on their own research, in writing and in discussions and presentations.
Critic John McGowan states that “postmodernism highlights the multiplication of voices, questions, and conflicts that has shattered what once seemed to be (although it never really was) the placid unanimity of the great tradition and of the West that gloried in it.” McGowan’s point suggests that postmodernism is an intellectual and artistic phenomenon that has instigated significant changes in the ways that the West now understands and interrogates its cultural paradigms and traditions. While bearing in mind this cultural impact, this course is designed to present students in the Tunghai Languages program with a detailed investigation into the literature, culture, and theory of postmodernism. Postmodernism, as a cultural concept, has introduced theoretical ideas about art and social phenomenon that have produced a virtual lexicon of critical vocabulary, relative to and influencing the interpretation and understanding of society, the human subject, the body, and lived conditions of the contemporary world. Concepts such as “hyperreality (Umberto Eco); “simulacra” (Jean Beaudrillard); “panopticism” (Michel Foucault). More general terms include “difference,” “reflexivity,” “semiotic,” “fragmentation,” and “the Other” which have come to affect the general world view of an entire generation of filmmakers, scholars and writers. The course will initiate students into the rhetoric, theory, and culture of postmodern discourse through the use of both literature and film.
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Ana Castillo, So Far From God; Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club; Don DeLillo, White Noise; Gish Jen, The Love Wife; Paula Geyh, et. al. eds. Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology