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; Crichton, Michael: Jurassic Park; Highsmith, Patrica: The Talented Mr Ripley; King, Stephen: Carrie; L'Engle, Madeleine: A Wrinkle in Time; Lovecraft, H.P.: The Complete Fiction; Ludlum, Robert: The Bourne Identity; Machado, Carmen Maria: Her Body & Other Parties; Portis, Charles: True Grit; Slim, Iceberg: Pimp: The Story of My Life; Steel, Danielle: The Gift; Tan, Amy: Joy Luck Club; Walker, Alice: The Color Purple

Description

We’ll discuss canonical works of American genre fiction, except for the one genre we usually read: “literary fiction.” Our genres include: children’s lit, YA, spy thriller, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, noir, crime fiction, neo-slave narrative, weird, western, and horror. While we’ll dip into scholarship along the way, our primary aim will be to use the novels to generate our own theories. 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

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings Goble, Mark
203/2 Graduate Readings Miller, Jennifer
203/3 Graduate Readings Leong, Andrew Way
203/4 Graduate Readings Knapp, Jeffrey
203/5 Graduate Readings Otter, Samuel
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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