English 132

American Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2020 Lee, Steven S.
Lectures MW 2-3 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 2-3)

Book List

Cahan, A.: Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; Hawthorne, N.: The Scarlet Letter; James, H.: Daisy Miller; Kingston, M.H.: China Men; Morrison, T.: A Mercy; Nabokov, V.: Pnin; Twain, M.: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; West, N.: The Day of the Locust; Whitehead, C.: Zone One


Rather than define a canon, this survey will trace how the novel form has contributed to the project of nation-formation in the United States.  How has the novel helped to define what it means to be American, starting from the country’s fledgling days as an outpost of Europe?  To what extent has the novel been able to incorporate the diversity of American experiences, and to what extent has it promoted racial, gender, and class inequality?  What are the limits of both novel and nation, and how does literary experimentation push against these limits?

Discussion Sections

101 Choi, 최 Lindsay || Lindsay Chloe
F 1-2 245 Hearst Gym
102 Choi, 최 Lindsay || Lindsay Chloe
F 2-3 2062 VLSB

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