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Laura H Chrisman
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

This course is devoted to 21st century fiction. Recognizing that some of the most exciting and innovative literary expression occurs outside of the United States, the course focuses on fiction by writers from the African postcolonial and black diasporic world. We explore a strong variety of styles and perspectives, that includes tragedy, comedy, realism and postmodernism, and consider their aesthetic and their social implications. The novels provide insight into topics that concern members of the overdeveloped ‘West’ as well as the ‘developing’ worlds: the history and legacies of colonialism, the traumas of civil war, the transnational dynamics of culture, the formations of local, immigrant and national identities within globalization. Students are expected to keep up with an intensive reading schedule. Selected writers may include David Chariandy, Brian Chikwava, Bernardine Evaristo, Zakes Mda, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Yvonne Vera.

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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.
Last Update by Laura H Chrisman
Date: 10/30/2010