Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Redman, Tim
Discipline and Number
LIT 4344 Section 001
S Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
The Modern Novel

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.

Required Texts:

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.

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