The Changing American Novel: From Jack Kerouac to Maggy Nelson|
This course will discuss eleven novels, exploring changes in the styles, concerns, and attitudes of fiction from World War II to the present. The first half of the course addresses the hegemony of certain forms and issues in novels written primarily by white male authors between 1945 and 1965. The second half is devoted to diverse novels that represent some of the literary, social and political forces that have led to the heterogeneity of the contemporary American novel. The course will explicitly address ways of reading and interpreting.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jack Kerouac, ON THE ROAD
John Barth, END OF THE ROAD
John Updike, RABBIT RUN
Thomas Pynchon, THE CRYING OF LOT 49
Kurt Vonnegut, SLAUGHTER HOUSE FIVE
Robert Stone, DOG SOLDIERS
Alice Walker, MERIDIAN
Toni Morrison, SONG OF SOLOMON
Don DeLillo, WHITE NOISE
Bharati Mukherjee, JASMINE
Jennifer Egan, A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short papers and a longer final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The willingness to read up to 250 pages a week carefully.
This course can count as an elective toward the English major when requested as an override.
|Instructor(s): Tölölyan,Khachig Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: FISK302; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 48||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 24||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: 24||FR: 24|