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ENGL 7793 American Fiction and the Family (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

This class will explore the representation of family dynamics and everyday life in American fiction of the last century. We will consider how the construction of individual and familial identity is shaped by the contexts of grief, violence, consumerism, poverty, disaster, race, class, aging, and domestic space. Texts may include Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Robinson’s Housekeeping, DeLillo’s White Noise, Krauss’s The History of Love, and McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking, as well as short fiction by Hemingway, Baldwin, Lahiri, Carver, Alexie and others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Laura Tanner

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 03-Feb-16