E 377K • American Novel After 1920
A survey of responses by 20th and 21st century American novelists to the terrors and pleasures, marvels and commonplaces, determinisms and freedoms, erotics and ethics of modernity. This course will take up 8-10 novels by regionally, ethnically, aesthetically, and ideologically diverse writers.
The principal class format will be discussion. Students will be evaluated on two short papers, periodic unannounced reading quizzes, and a final essay exam. Regular class attendance and participation in discussion will be positively factored into the final course grade.
I have not yet chosen readings. My aim is to select novels that, in addition to offering the sorts of range suggested above, will each give some combination of pleasure, provocation, and challenge.