English 180N

The Novel: The American Novel Since 1900

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2013 Serpell, C. Namwali
MW 3-4 + discussion sections F 3-4 390 Hearst Mining

Book List

Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby; Johnson, James Weldon: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man ; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita; Pynchon, Thomas: The Crying of Lot 49; Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth


A survey of the American novel: its forms, patterns, techniques, ideas, cultural context, and interaction with other media. Special attention will be paid to questions of aesthetics, epistemology, and ethics—what is beautiful? how do we know? what ought we do?—in the American milieu as it develops in the twentieth century. We will begin with L. Frank Baum’s children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900); please read it by the first day this class meets.

Please note that this class will first meet on Wednesday, September 4; discussion sections will not start being held until Friday, September 6.


Discussion Sections

101 Huang, Lynn
F 3-4 175 Barrows
102 Kelly, Tyleen Louise
F 3-4 185 Barrows
103 Wyatt, Gabriella
F 3-4 136 Barrows
104 Vandeloo, David Conigliaro
F 3-4 155 Barrows
105 Yoon, Irene
F 3-4 174 Barrows

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