ENGLISH 464 - Studies in Individual Authors
Winter 2014, Section 001 - William Faulkner/Robert Hayden
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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The largest portion of the syllabus for this course will be given to analyses of William Faulkner, whose fiction has exerted a powerful influence on writers around the world. The texts are two of his most experimental and highly-orchestrated novels — The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! — and two of his most controversial popular works — Light in August and The Hamlet (the first novel of the Snopes trilogy), as well as several short stories. We will be using the Vintage editions of Faulkner’s novels. Robert Hayden’s Collected Poems (Liveright) investigates some of the same history that Faulkner scrutinizes, but from an African American perspective. Together the two authors carry forward themes central to American literature in the 20th century: region and nation, social and familial dynamics, modern sexuality, racial and class identity. At the same time we shall consider questions of career-formation and canonization in these exemplary cases.

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One short and one long paper are required, as well as a midterm and final examination.

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The format is lecture-discussion.


ENGLISH 464 - Studies in Individual Authors
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