English 125E

The Contemporary Novel: The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2015 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
MW 9-10 + discussion sections F 9-10 2060 Valley LSB

Book List

Diaz, Junot: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Egan, Jennifer: A Visit from the Goon Squad; Harding, Paul: Tinkers; Johnson, Adam: The Orphan Master's Son; McCarthy, Cormac: The Road; Strout, Elizabeth: Olive Kittredge; Tartt, Donna: The Goldfinch

Other Readings and Media



The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction is awarded for “distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.” In this course, we will read the seven most recent (2007-2014) Pulitzer Prize-winning novels (actually, one of them is a collection of short fiction). In addition to examining narrative form and literary style, we will consider cultural and historical contexts and thematic resonances. We will discuss the trends in types of topics and styles selected for the Pultizer as well.

Note: Many of these are lengthy and/or dense novels, so start reading soon.

Discussion Sections

101 Valella, Daniel
F 9-10 223 Dwinelle
102 Taylor, Bradford Alden
Acu, Adrian Mark
F 9-10 209 Dwinelle
103 Greer, Erin
F 9-10 215 Dwinelle
104 Wilson, Mary
F 9-10 229 Dwinelle

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