AMCULT 311 - American Culture and the Humanities
Section: 009 21st century American Fiction
Term: WN 2018
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

How do we decide which recently published novels speak to us? Which novels of the current moment will matter most to readers in future decades? What, exactly, is the “current moment,” and when did it begin? This course will consider some of the trends and texts that make up the emerging category of 21st Century American Fiction and many questions that emerge out of these fascinating literary works. 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 artistic practices influenced the languages of contemporary literature? In an effort to develop some initial answers to these broad questions, this seminar will begin with questions of media/platform, reading methods, and cultural value (which novels we think are ‘important’ and why) and 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. The course will also provide a general introduction to literary studies — what is literary interpretation, and why would anyone want to do it? We’ll be reading a range of authors who may include Rabih Alameddine, Jennifer Egan, William Gibson, Aleksandar Hemon, Jonathan Lethem, Marjorie Liu, Toni Morrison, Ruth Ozeki, Claudia Rankine, and Colson Whitehead. Assignments will include quizzes, two exams, short writing assignments, and an essay.

AMCULT 311 - American Culture and the Humanities
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ISBN: 0356500543
The Water Knife., Author: Bacigalupi, Paolo., Publisher: Little Brown 2016
Required
ISBN: 9780307477477
A visit from the Goon Squad, Author: Jennifer Egan., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 2011
Required
ISBN: 9780345806031
Word exchange., Publisher: Anchor 2014
Required
ISBN: 1101971061
Homegoing, Author: Gyasi, Yaa, 1989-...., Publisher: Vintage books 2016
Required
ISBN: 0735212171
Exit west a novel, Author: Hamid, Mohsin, 1971-, Publisher: Riverhead Books 2017
Required
ISBN: 0771047215
10:04 : a novel, Author: Lerner, Ben, 1979-
Required
ISBN: 1632157098
Monstress. 1, Awakening, Author: Liu, Marjorie M.,
Required
ISBN: 1925498956
A tale for the time being, Author: Ozeki, Ruth L.,
Required
ISBN: 0141981776
Citizen : an American lyric, Author: Rankine, Claudia, 1963-, Publisher: Penguin Books 2015
Required
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