Post-Truth - What is it and what does it mean for Literature?

Ref: C2345413

The idea that ‘once upon a time’ there was truth and now we live in an era of post-truth is itself a kind of untruth. And yet there is something compelling – ‘truthful’ even - about the claim that the era of the internet has seen the triumph of opinion over fact, subjectivism, and, on a broader scale, the ongoing production of management-speak, corporate lies, marketing hype and virtual realities. If truth has gone missing then what is it or was it, and can we get it back? The course will explore the knotty problem of truth and post-truth, concretely, by discussing in detail a novel by DBC Pierre: Meanwhile in Dopamine City (2020).

Course aim

If truth has gone missing in our time then what is it or was it, and can we get it back? The course will explore the knotty problem of truth and post-truth, concretely, by discussing in detail a novel by DBC Pierre: Meanwhile in Dopamine City (2020).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and comment on some of the complexities of the notions of 'truth' and 'post-truth'
  • Analyse obvious and less obvious examples of 'post-truth'
  • Situate claims about truth and post-truth in intellectual and cultural history, and particularly the Enlightenment and postmodernism
  • Identify the ways that the issue of truth and post-truth is treated in a literary text
  • Participate in detailed and in-depth discussion

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need a copy of DBC Pierre: Meanwhile in Dopamine City (2020).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Post-Truth - What is it and what does it mean for Literature?

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