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ENGL 8840 Contemporary American Fiction (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar examines works of fiction published within the past two decades with a special focus on the novel. It considers how postmodernism largely fails to describe these works and how in working in the form of the novel authors struggle to maintain its cultural prestige in the face of multiple challenges. It also considers the growing diversity of authors and works who are gaining the most attention, as well as an increasingly lively interest in popular genres once eschewed by high literary aspirants. Readings are a mix of fiction and criticism.


Instructor(s): Min Song

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 08-Jan-16