English 125E

The Contemporary Novel


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2017 Snyder, Katherine
MW 1-2 + discussion sections F 1-2 141 McCone Novel

Book List

Adiche, Chimamanda: Americanah; Cole, Teju: Open City; Díaz, Junot: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Egan, Jennifer: A Visit From the Goon Squad; Hamid, Mohsin: The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Lerner, Ben: 10:04: A Novel; McCarthy, Cormac: The Road; McCarthy, Tom: Remainder; McEwan, Ian: Saturday; Mieville, China: The City & The City; O'Neill, Joseph: Netherland; Whitehead, Colson: Zone One

Other Readings and Media

A course reader of selected book reviews, interviews, and critical essays. 

Description

In this class, we will read a selection of 21st-century novels written in English, as well as some book reviews, interviews, and critical essays. We will consider the formal and thematic elements of these contemporary fictions, as well as a variety of contextual concerns including questions of scale (long form, short form, and super-short forms such as Twitter and flash fiction) and genre (especially the burgeoning of literary genre fiction such as post-apocalyptic and noir); digital publishing in various formats; competing popular media; book prizes and the circulation of cultural value; world literature and the global market; and the rise of the Creative Writing program in the university. Throughout the course, we will think about whether the contemporary can best be understood as a discrete historical moment, an ever-receding temporal horizon, or as a cultural worldview, condition, or style. You will write analytical essays of the sort usually required in English courses, while also producing responses to our readings in alternative genres such as book reviews, creative nonfiction, and visual, aural, and/or digital media. 
 
While the reading for this course will be considerable (200-300 pages per week), it will NOT include all twelve of the novels listed above! Please attend the day of class before purchasing books for the course. 
 

Discussion Sections

101 No instructor assigned yet.
F 1-2 230 Mulford
102 No instructor assigned yet.
F 1-2 3113 Etcheverry
103 No instructor assigned yet.
F 1-2 229 Dwinelle

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
125E/1 The Contemporary Novel Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
125E/1 The Contemporary Novel: The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Spring, 2015
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
125E/1 The Contemporary Novel: The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Fiction Wong, Hertha D. Sweet

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