Contemporary American Literature

Jeremy C. Justus, Contemporary American Literature, Fall 2014

Course Description:

Explores works that represent the defining literary movements of American literature from 1950 to the present, including post-Hiroshima realism, postmodernism, posthumanism, cyber-realism, and post-postmodernism. Offers historical perspective on post-war American intellectual culture by examining the era's defining theoretical/literary models. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Akhtar, Ayad. Disgraced. New York: Back Bay Books, 2012. ISBN: 0316324469
-Harding, Paul. Tinkers. New York: Bellevue, 2009. ISBN: 193413712x
-Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master’s Son. New York: Random, 2012. ISBN: 0812982622
-Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies. New York: Mariner, 1999. ISBN: 039592720x
-McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. New York: Vintage, 2006. ISBN: 0307387895
-Olds, Sharon. Stags Leap: Poems. New York: Knopf, 2012. ISBN: 0375712259
-Proulx, Annie. The Shipping News. New York: Scribner, 1994. ISBN: 0671510053
-Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge. New York: Random, 2008. ISBN: 081297112x

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