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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2007

E s377K • The American Novel after 1920

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84535 MTWThF
2:30 PM-4:00 PM
PAR 105

Course Description

We will read six novels this term, all by contemporary (i.e. post-World War II) American authors. These authors represent a diversity of narrative styles, ethnic and geographic subject positions, and even "generational" points of view. Nevertheless, they are all significantly concerned with the relationship between the "imagination" and the specific cultural norms within which it operates. Our ambition will thus be twofold. In order to discuss these novels in the context of this privileged concern, we will also need to develop a method for pursuing such an interpretive purpose.

Grading Policy

There will be three take-home examinations: 30%; 30%; 40%


Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus
Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues
Toni Morrison, Sula
Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
Don DeLillo, The Names


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