E f377k • The American Novel After 1920
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
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.
There will be three take-home examinations: (30%); (30%); (40%)
Philip Roth, Goodbye Columbus
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Toni Morrison, Sula
Lorrie Moore, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Russell Banks, Continental Drift
Don DeLillo, The Names