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    University of Virginia
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Record 2006-2007 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

ISHU 404 - Authenticity: American Literature and Culture


This course scrutinizes several theoretical, dramatic and fictional responses to this crisis. We’ll read from Walter Benjamin who examines what happens to art in an age of mechanical reproduction. We’ll see how Oscar Wilde not only accepts but embraces in authenticity as a way to mock repressive late Victorian sexual and social norms. We’ll examine Jean Hegland’s scathing novelistic attack on modernity while pondering her radical solution: a return to primitivism. This class will take place in seminar form and will have a substantial writing workshop component. (IR)

Credits: 3