English 125E

: The Contemporary Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Bishop, John
Bishop, John
TTh 2-3:30 105 North Gate

Other Readings and Media

Carter, A.: The Bloody Chamber; Beckett, S.: Watt; DeLillo, D.: Libra; McCarthy, C.: The Road; Nabokov, V.: Pale Fire; Pynchon, T.: Against the Day; Silko, L.: Ceremony


An exploration of the novels listed above, all of them published since 1960. The course will move through these texts inductively, without any particular preconceptions or thematic axes to grind, in an effort both to understand these writers on their own terms and to discover among them commonly shared concerns and practices. There will be two shorter papers, a midterm, and a final exam.

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