Prizing the Book: Book Prizes, the Literary Canon, and U.S. Culture|
Spring 2018 not offered
This course examines selected texts by U.S. winners of major literary prizes, including the Nobel, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer, and the Newbery. How important are these prizes in constructing a literary canon and criteria for judging literary value? What role do they play in reflecting and creating contemporary U.S. culture? In particular, we will read the individual award-winning texts for how they define, problematize, and resolve (if they do) peculiarly American concerns: race, American identity, the frontier and home, the burden of the past and the fear of the future, the new world and its relationship to the old world(s).
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Faulkner, The Sound and The Fury
Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
Morrison, Tar Baby
McCarthy, The Road
Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying
Sontag, In America
Frazier, Cold Mountain
Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
|Examination and Assignments: |
Short assignments, two essays, an in-class midterm, and take home final. One in-class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
faithful attendance and engaged participation.