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LITERATURE

LIT-622
Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Advanced topics in fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction of all national traditions of the past forty years, with emphasis on research. Meets with LIT-422. Usually offered every year.

LIT-622
001
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature (3)

Twenty-First Century American Literature

The course explores what trends or tendencies define the literature written in the United States during the last fifteen years. Students discuss whether "21st century literature" is a meaningful category, and if so, what can be said about it. The course considers postmodernism, changes in genre fiction, literature written in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and the ways in which contemporary fiction revisits moments and issues in American history. Authors read include: Jonathan Lethem, David Foster Wallace, William Gibson, Dana Spiotta, Victor LaValle. Meets with LIT-422 001.

LIT-622
001
LITERATURE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature (3)

Lessing, Morrison, Atwood

Students read fiction by Doris Lessing and Toni Morrison (recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature) and Margaret Atwood (recipient of the Man Booker Prize). The course considers two novels and a selection of stories by each writer along with scholarly commentaries. Students engage in thoughtful analysis of major themes and narrative innovations and write two papers (graduate students: three). Tentative texts: Lessing's The Grass Is Singing and The Golden Notebook; Morrison's Sula and Beloved; Atwood's Surfacing and The Robber Bride. Meets with LIT-422 001.