English 178x. The American Novel: Dreiser to the Present

Instructor: Philip Fisher
Terms: Spring Term

Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11 am | Location: TBA

A survey of the 20th-century novel, its forms, patterns of ideas, techniques, cultural context, rivalry with film and radio, short story, and fact.  Wharton, Age of Innocence; Cather, My Antonia; Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms and stories; Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury and stories;  Ellison, Invisible Man; Nabokov, Lolita; Robinson, Housekeeping; Salinger, Catcher in the Rye and stories; Ha Jin, Waiting; Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station. Stories by James, London, Anderson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gaitskill, Wallace, Beattie, Lahiri, and Ford.

Note: This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding or United States in the World, but not both. This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past.

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