English 165

Special Topics: Modern California Books and Movies

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Fall 2015 Starr, George A.
Tuesdays 6-9 P.M. 203 Wheeler

Book List

Chandler, R.: The Big Sleep; Dick, Philip K.: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Didion, J.: Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Stegner, W.: The Angle of Repose; West, N.: The Day of the Locust

Other Readings and Media

In addition to the books listed, there will be poetry by R. Jeffers, W. Everson, J. Spicer, T. Gunn and R. Hass, essays by J. Cain, M. Davis, C. McWilliams, E. Wilson, etc., and some short stories.


Besides discussing fiction and poetry with Western settings, and essays that attempt to identify or explain distinctive regional characteristics, this course will include consideration of various movies shaped by and shaping conceptions of California, such as Sunset Boulevard and Chinatown.

This section of English 165 is open to English majors only.

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