ENGL 291 - Lecture 24 - Students' Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Lecture 24 - Students' Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
In this first of two lectures on the students' choice end-of-semester novel, Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated (2002), Professor Hungerford models several methods for approaching and evaluating a new work of fiction. She shows how Foer borrows and adapts themes and styles from other authors on the syllabus in service to his ambition as a writer to demonstrate the power of narrative fiction to address the great historical traumas of our time. In thus attempting to marry the nineteenth-century social novel with Postmodernist, or late Modernist, techniques, Foer participates in an emerging tradition that risks the confusion between resonant emotion and sentimental cliché.
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (2002)