ENGL 229
Contemporary American Fiction Spring 2019 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as ENGL229 / AMST230

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In this course we will read and analyze a selection of fiction written between 1945 and the present, with an emphasis on proving (in the sense of testing) the three terms in the course title. Could John Cheever’s “The Enormous Radio” really be contemporary? Is James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room American in the same way as Alice Munro’s Dear Life? And is Michelle Tea’s Black Wave fiction or something else? Along the way, we’ll also ask: What forms and themes define contemporary American fiction? And why should we invest in defining the “contemporary” period at all? Other authors we will study may include: Raymond Carver, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, Renata Adler, Margaret Atwood, Lydia Davis, Chang Rae Lee, Jennifer Egan, and Colson Whitehead.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3646
Requirements/Evaluation: four papers totaling about 20 pages; participation in class discussions
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses; ENGL Literary Histories C;

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