ENAM 0307

Truth and Other Fictions

Pulling Reality’s Hair: Truth and Other Fictions
In this course we will occupy ourselves with works that straddle, blur, or occasionally just flat out ignore the aesthetic divide between fiction and non-fiction, in the hopes of getting a better grip on the relation between self and other, word and world, narrative strategy and fidelity to truths both large and small. Hence readings will include biographical and autobiographical novels, novelistic treatments of biography and autobiography, and a number of hybrid composites that cannot be classified, though we will surely try. Readings will include Nabokov, Proust, Henry Adams, J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald, Lydia Davis, Joan Didion, Gregoire Bouillier, Art Spiegelman, and Spalding Gray. In addition we will view films by Ross McElwee, Andre Gregory, and Charlie Kaufman. (Not open to students who have taken ENAM 0417) 3 hrs. sem.
English & American Literatures
English & American Literatures
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
CMLT 0307
ENAM 0417 *


Spring 2016

ENAM0307A-S16 Seminar (Cohen)