English 168d. Postwar American and British Fiction

Instructor: James Wood
Terms: Fall Term

English 168d

Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-2 pm| Location: Harvard Hall 201

In this class, we will examine novels and short stories published since 1945 in Britain and the United States. Though certain themes naturally emerge — belonging and not belonging; immigration and emigration; estrangement, race and post-colonial politics; liberalism and the importance of “noticing” others; the role of realism and the various postmodern movements in reaction to realism — the primary emphasis is on learning how to read slowly, and learning how to enjoy, appreciate and properly judge a living, contemporary literature.

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