Please note that dates/times for the meetings are scheduled for:
Friday, Nov. 5: 10-12 (Introductory Meeting: online)
Friday, Dec. 10: 10-14 (C 5 3, room U 10, hybrid)
Saturday, Dec. 11: 10-16 (C 5 3, room U 10, hybrid)
Friday, Jan. 14: 14-18 (C 5 3, room U 10, hybrid)
Saturday, Jan. 15: 10-16 (C 5 3, room U 10, hybrid)
For Dec. 10, Prof. Fellner had to change the timeslot to 10-14.
Please make sure to join the introductory meeting on Nov. 5 from 10-12. This meeting will be online, all other meetings will take place in-person/on-campus (C 5 3, room U 10) but will allow for online participation for those who are not in Saarbrücken.
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, New York has often been represented as a city in shock which exhibits a wounded and traumatized topography. Exploring the ways in which American literature has reflected on these traumatic events, we will analyze how literary and cultural texts have re-imagined life in the aftermath of 9/11. In which ways is 9/11 remembered 20 years later? How does remembering take place in pandemic times? Drawing on theories of trauma and memory, we will study the visual and intermedial literary strategies writers have used to write about New York City in the past 20 years. Focusing on the challenges of representing traumatic history, we will also explore the ways in which literature and film after 9/11 have changed the face of American literature.
Required Texts (please buy novels)
Jonathan Safran Foer. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel (2006)
McInerney, Jay. The Good Life (2006)
Joseph O’Neill. Netherland (2009)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Dir. Stephen Daldry (2011)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Dir. Mira Nair (2012)
There will be a course reader available on Teams.