Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The Modern Novel: American Identity and Culture. We will read about ten novels and see some films based on them. The course will look at the novel as a genre, but also at the various cultures depicted in them, and how they play different roles in the formation of a distinctive American identity. We will also consider a subgenre of the novel, the bildungsroman, the novel of growing up.
Rodolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Larry McMurtry, The Last Picture Show
Toni Morrison, Tar Baby
Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire
John Kennedy O'Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
3 short papers (1000 words) counting 20% each. A weekly short-answer quiz of 5 questions. The top ten quiz grades will be added together and curved and will count 40% of your final grade.