Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The American South’s legacy of defeat, failure, and guilt has spawned an exceptional body of literature. In this class we will examine that body of literature and the historical events and cultural elements that precipitated it. We also will trace the traditions of gothic and grotesque elements in Southern literature from the period of literary awakening that has become known as the Southern Renaissance to the present, and we will examine how these traditions have changed in succeeding years. Our study of southern literature will be concentrated upon writing techniques employed by these Southern authors as well as upon the content of their work.
W. J. Cash, The Mind of the South
Clyde Edgerton, Where Trouble Sleeps or In Memory of Junior
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Ernest Gaines, Of Love and Dust
Barry Hannah, Ray
Cormac McCarthy, ¬The Road
Carson McCullers, Ballad of the Sad Cafe
Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men
And short stories and/or poems by William Goyen, Bobbie Ann Mason, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Ann Porter, Eudora Welty, John Crow Ransom, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be expected to read all materials listed under “required readings,” and they will write one 2-3 page reaction paper to each novel; this reaction paper will be due on the day the discussion of that novel takes place. They will write 1 semester paper of 20 to 25 pages in length that they will share with the class, and they give one oral report on the work of a southern author, to be chosen from a list supplied by the professor. In addition, students will participate in weekly class discussions, and they will attend one talk, reading, lecture, or performance sponsored by the UTD Arts and Humanities Department and write a short reaction paper of 1-2 pages.