English 180N

The Novel

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2010 Serpell, C. Namwali
Serpell, Namwali
MWF 1-2 (note new time) 105 North Gate (note new location)

Other Readings and Media

Wharton, E.: The House of Mirth; Johnson, J.W.: The Autobiography of An Ex-Coloured Man; Fitzgerald, F.S.: The Great Gatsby; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; West, N.: The Day of the Locust; Nabokov, V.: Lolita; Pynchon, T.: The Crying of Lot 49; DeLillo, D.: White Noise; Morrison, T.: Beloved; McCarthy, C.: Blood Meridian


A survey of the American novel since 1900: its forms, patterns, techniques, ideas, cultural context, and intertextuality. Special attention will be paid to questions of aesthetics, epistemology, and ethics—what is beautiful? how do we know? what ought we do?—in the American milieu as it develops in the twentieth century. Average 250 pages reading per week. Two papers (5-8 pages); ID midterm and final.

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