ENGLISH 230 - Introduction to Short Story and Novel
Section: 002 Growing Up is Hard to Do
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Before the internet told us that “adulting” is hard, the coming-of-age story characterized the transition from youth to adulthood as painful, incoherent, or otherwise complicated. In this course, we’ll survey novels and short stories in the coming-of-age tradition that represent the struggle for psychological, ethical, and sexual maturity. As we encounter a range of characters wrestling with social norms and internal conflicts, we’ll pay special attention to ways that different writers shape this unruly genre through characterization, point of view, narrative temporality, and voice. We’ll compare the coming-of-age short story to the novel of development to inquire how the constricted space of the short story changes the way that writers narrate growing up. Finally, we’ll reflect on what these seemingly individual stories have say about broader social issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and class.

Course materials will include British and American writers from the twentieth to the twenty-first century. We’ll likely read short stories and excerpts by John Barth, Elif Batuman, Elizabeth Bowen, Lydia Davis, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Flannery O’Connor, and David Foster Wallace. We will also likely read several novels including: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce); Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Jeanette Winterson); Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro); and History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund).

ENGLISH 230 - Introduction to Short Story and Novel
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
11407
Open
12
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (REC)
P
11408
Open
3
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
P
11409
Open
2
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (REC)
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33231
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves: A Novel
Required
ISBN: 1400078776
Never let me go, Author: Kazuo Ishiguro., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Americ 2006
Required
ISBN: 0142437344
A portrait of the artist as a young man, Author: James Joyce ; ed. with an introd. and notes by Seamus Deane., Publisher: Penguin classics 2003
Required
ISBN: 0802135161
Oranges are not the only fruit, Author: Jeanette Winterson, Publisher: Grove Atlantic Press [Nachdr.] 1997
Required
Coursepack, available through Dollar Bill copying
Required
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