Politics in Fiction and Film: Plots, Patterns and Playbooks, with Linda B. Miller
Tuesdays from 4 - 6:30pm at the Wellfleet Library
Class dates: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21.
How do novelists and authors of short stories mirror their own times while exercising “poetic license” in order to dramatize individual lives, when citizens must cope with the shifting playbooks of democratic and more authoritarian political leaders? What patterns of response are then reflected in literature? What are the consequences of “unreliable narrators” in the spheres of politics and the arts? How and when, if at all, do national or regional settings and stereotypes matter?
Explore these and related questions in selected readings drawn from: Magda Szabo, Katalin Street; Ismail Kadare,A Girl in Exile; Jenny Erpenbeck, Go, Went, Gone; Colm Toibin, House of Names; Orhan Pamuk, The Red-Haired Woman; V.S. Naipaul, In a Free State; Lisa Halliday, Asymmetry; Alexander Kluge, Temple of the Scapegoat; Tove Jansson, Fair Play.
Videos: selections from The Dictators Playbook (PBS); The Lives of Others; Germany 83; The Great War (PBS).