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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2009

E 377K • American Novel After 1920

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34530 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 208
Basse, J

Course Description

This course will study American fiction from a narrative point of view, stressing the way novelists manipulate their readers, analyzing their methods to do so, and paying particular attention to the way they play with literary conventions, genres, and the fictional representation of reality. Irony and the different shades of humour used in the novels will be taken into consideration to explore the reading experience.

Grading Policy

Two 2-3 page critical essays 20% each
One 4-5 page critical essay 30%
Six quizzes (to make sure you've read the book when we start studying it) 20%
Class participation 10%

Texts

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Carson McCullers, Ballad of a Sad Café
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
Kurt Vonnegut Jr, Slaughterhouse 5
Richard Brautigan, The Tokyo-Montana Express
John Barth, The Floating Opera

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