Twentieth-Century American Fiction

11:15a-12:30p TR (30) 3 cr.

This course will examine short stories by James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Saul Bellow, Raymond Carver, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gail Godwin, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Parker, Katherine Anne Porter, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Steinbeck, John Updike, Eudora Welty, and others, as well as the following novels (tentative list): Pietro di Donato, Christ in Concrete; J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye; Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Robert Coover, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop.; Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children's Crusade; Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony; and Alice Walker, The Color Purple.

Two analytical essays in addition to a midterm and final essay exam will be required.