ENGLISH 473 - Topics in American Literature
Section: 201 Historical Fictions in American Literature
Term: SU 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This class satisfies the American Literature requirement for English concentrators. .
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this class we will explore the resurgence of interest in the historical novel over the past fifteen years. To establish a framework, we will start by reading a recognized classic in this field from the 19th Century in order to derive a clear sense of the basic features of the historical novel. From there we will be looking at a handful of novelists such as E.L. Doctorow, Caleb Carr, Thomas Mallon, Russell Banks, Toni Morrison, and others. We will investigate why history becomes a preoccupation in the 1990s in particular, as the century drew to a close. We will be especially interested in how postmodern conceptions of time influence or sway these novelists — and how the novelists themselves, in some case, resist such an influence or adapt it to their own artistic ends. A short 5 to 7 page essay and a longer 8 to 10 page essay at the end of the term.

ENGLISH 473 - Topics in American Literature
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201 (REC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:30AM
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