ENGLISH 362 - The American Novel
Summer 2020, Section 201 - The Literature of Now: 21st Century American Fiction
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature


Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Is it possible to write literary criticism about the fiction of our current moment? When did the literary 21st century begin? Which events and trends have informed the creative work published in the past two decades? How have changing media and technologies spurred new narrative forms? Have changing visual and digital artforms influenced the languages of contemporary literature? In an effort to develop a few rigorous, if provisional, answers to these broad questions, this seminar will begin with questions of media/platform, reading methods, and cultural value (which novels will future historians consider “important” or representative of our time?) and then generate interpretations of a wide range of genres in early 21st century prose fiction, including short (micro or flash) fiction, experimental and mixed-media novels, speculative fiction, graphic narratives, and digital fiction, among others. If you would like to pursue any of these considerations in greater detail or with an eye toward future projects, you will have opportunities to pursue research into particular themes, techniques, and/or texts.

Note for Summer 2020: this course will take place virtually through primarily synchronous (live) videoconferenced class meetings with some asynchronous (recorded) sessions. If you have concerns about the format, feel free to email me. All students will be able to participate fully.

Course Requirements:

Brief reading responses, two essays, and two exams.


ENGLISH 362 - The American Novel
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201 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM

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