English 125E

The Contemporary Novel: The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2018 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Lectures MW 9-10 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 11-12; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12) 4 Le Conte

Book List

Doerr, Anthony: All the Light We Cannot See; Haslett, Adam: Imagine Me Gone; Johnson, Adam: The Orphan Master's Son; Morgan, C.E.: The Sport of Kings; Nguyen, Viet Thanh: The Sympathizer; Tartt, Donna: The Goldfinch; Whitehead, Colson: The Underground Railroad


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 five most recent (2013-2017) Pulitzer-Prize winning novels and two novels nominated for the Pulitzer in 2017. 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 topics and styles selected for the Pulitzer as well. We will spend the last one-third, or so, of the course reading and responding to the three novels nominated for the Prize in 2017. Working in small groups, you will take on the role of the Pulitzer Prize Committee, writing responses to, assessments of, and recommendations about each of the novels and making a recommendation for which novel deserves the award.

Discussion Sections

101 Kaletzky, Marianne
F 9-10 301 Wheeler
102 Kaletzky, Marianne
F 11-12 2 Evans
103 D'Silva, Eliot
Thurs. 9-10 30 Wheeler
104 D'Silva, Eliot
Thurs. 11-12

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