E 436 - American Fiction, 1945 - Present

  • 3 credits
  • Online

American Fiction, 1945 - Present (E 436) is an upper-division literature course. The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with representative works and critical developments in American (US) fiction [primarily the novel] since 1945.

This course:

• investigates how, since 1945, the genre of fiction in the United States has undergone interesting and provocative bifurcations (contextually, formalistically, polically, etc.);
• looks at how the fiction that has been produced in the US since 1945 both works within and deviates from a number of important critical frameworks; and
• examines representative works that illustrate the diversity of expression found in the fiction written in the US during this period.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

• recognize various key trends (i.e., formal, critical, expressive) in fiction written in the US since 1945;
• see reading as a dynamic--not static--interpretative act;
• argue successfully from (or for) a given critical or interpretative position; and
• do so by writing about literature from a critical/analytical--rather than impressionistic--standpoint.

This course can be applied towards:

Prerequisite

One course in literature.

Important Information

Course texts are subject to change. Please contact the professor (via email) before purchasing texts--or wait until the first day of class.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Required

  • Beloved
    Toni Morrison
    ISBN: 1400033411
  • Play it as It Lays
    Joan Didion
    ISBN: 0374529949
  • Requiem for a Dream
    Herbert Selby JR.
    ISBN: 1560252480
  • Revolutionary Road
    Richard Yates
    ISBN: 0375708448
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    ISBN: 978-038533384
  • The Dud Avocado
    Elaine Dundy
    ISBN: 1590172329

Course texts are subject to change. Please contact the professor (via email) before purchasing texts--or wait until the first day of class.

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