Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
LIT 3331 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Contemporary American Literature

Description of Course:

LIT 3331 (3 semester hours) surveys American writers, styles, and movements from the past few decades. In particular, this course will focus upon American fiction, poetry, and drama since 1970. The course samples such authors as Auster, McCarthy, Silko, Kenan, Alexie, and Collins, and considers such topics as postmodernism, new naturalism, and the reevaluation of the past within a landscape of increasing plurality. Prerequisite: HUMA 1301, LIT 2331, LIT 2332, or LIT 2341. (3-0) R

Required Texts:

Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross
Cormac McCarthy, Child of God
Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy
Randall Kenan, A Visitation of Spirits
Don DeLillo, Falling Man

A selection of short fiction and poetry by such authors as Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Stephen Millhauser, George Saunders, Carolyn Forche, and John Ashbery will be available on e-reserve.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Research Essay
Midterm Exam

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