English | Recent Writing
L381 | 1900 | Hedin


4:00p-5:15p TR (30) 3 cr.

This course will consider a wide range of narrative writing in
contemporary Britain and America: fiction, autobiography,
journals, and the graphic novel. The assumption behind this course
is that stories - the particular shape of stories as well as their
underlying structure, the telling and listening to stories - are the
primary medium through which cultures and individuals make
sense of human experience (and complicate our sense of human
experience). So we will aim at an understanding of particular,
contemporary storytellers and their strategies on the one hand and
of the culture that has given rise to them on the other.

Students will write a brief (1-2 page) analysis of or response to
each work considered, one or two longer essays (6-8 pages), and a
final, comprehensive exam.

The reading list is tentative; feel free to contact me later in the
semester (email: Hedin) for a final list. We will read approximately
a book per week.

Dillard, AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD
Wolff, THIS BOY'S LIFE
Spiegelman, MAUS
Grumbach, COMING INTO THE ENDZONE
Roth, AN AMERICAN PASTORAL
O'Brien, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Hornby, HIGH FIDELITY
Wideman, BROTHERS AND KEEPERS
Morrison, SONG OF SOLOMON or BELOVED
Dybek, THE COAST OF CHICAGO
Leyner, ET TU, BABE
Karr, THE LIARS' CLUB