English 203

Graduate Readings: American Genres


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Fall 2018 Serpell, C. Namwali
TTh 2-3:30 180 Barrows American Literature
Graduate Courses

Book List

Baum, L. Frank: The Wizard of Oz; Cain, James: The Postman Always Rings Twice / Double Indemnity; Cisneros, Sandra: House on Mango Street; Crichton, Michael: The Andromeda Strain; Highsmith, Patrica: The Talented Mr Ripley; Himes, Chester: Cotton Comes to Harlem; King, Stephen: Carrie; Kingston, Maxine Hong: The Woman Warrior; Le Guin, Ursula: A Wizard of Earthsea ; Lovecraft, H.P.: The Complete Fiction; Ludlum, Robert: The Bourne Identity; Portis, Charles: True Grit; Steel, Danielle: The Gift; Whitehead, Colson: Zone One

Description

In this course, we will read and discuss canonical works of American genre fiction published after 1900--except for the one we usually read: "literary fiction." Our genres will include: children's literature, mystery, spy thriller, romance, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, noir, crime fiction, weird, western, zombie, and horror. While we will dip into scholarship along the way, our primary aim will be to use the novels themselves to generate our own theories of genre fiction. Two essays. One novel or two novellas a week, but they're all page turners!

NB: I won't be ordering books at the Cal bookstore but for the first two: Baum's The Wizard of Oz and Lovecraft's Complete Fiction.

This course satisfies the Group 5 (Twentieth Century) requirement.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life Hejinian, Lyn
203/5 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop Abel, Elizabeth
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Radical Enlightenment? Goldstein, Amanda Jo
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Novel in Theory Hale, Dorothy J.
203/3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus and Grant Workshop Thornbury, Emily V.
203/4 Graduate Readings: Digital Humanities for Medieval Studies Nolan, Maura
203/5 Graduate Readings: Contemporary Chicanx/Latinx Novels Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Caribbean Literature and Culture Ellis, Nadia
203/2 Graduate Readings: Comparative Colonialisms: Latin America and the U.S. Saldaña, Maria
203/3 Graduate Readings: Materiality Flynn, Catherine
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: World Systems Theory and the Asian Anglophone Novel Lye, Colleen
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Political Economy of Life and Death in African American Literature and Culture JanMohamed, Abdul R.
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: On Life: Life Philosophy and Culture Jones, Donna V.
203/2 Graduate Readings: Early African American Literature Wagner, Bryan
203/3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop Abel, Elizabeth
203/4 Graduate Readings: Lyric, Poetry, Poetics Falci, Eric
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: George Eliot and Victorian Science Duncan, Ian
203/2 Graduate Readings: Aesthetics and Politics: Kant and Beyond Goldsmith, Steven
203/3 Graduate Readings: Edmund Spenser Landreth, David
203/4 Graduate Readings: What Does Critical Theory Have to Do with the Postcolonial? Saha, Poulomi

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