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Brian Reed
ENGL 342
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Novel

Recent efforts to change the shape and direction of the novel by such writers as Murdoch, Barth, Hawkes, Fowles, and Atwood.

Class Description

For SPRING 2003: Postmodern Fiction: An Introduction. This class will provide an introduction to British and American postmodern fiction. We begin by distinguishing between high modernism's ambitious, self-confident artistry (Joyce, Hemingway) and the radical skepticism of its loyal opposition (Stein, Beckett). Afterwards, we will be reading four representative postmodern novels -- Don DeLillo's Mao II, Gayl Jones's Corregidora, David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress, and Jeanette Winterson's The Passion -- as well as selected short fiction by such authors as Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, and Guy Davenport.

Recommended preparation

Class Assignments and Grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Brian Reed
Date: 02/18/2003