Fall ’18: ENGL 529 – American Fiction Since 1945

Meets at the College of Charleston, Tuesdays, 6-8:45 – Prof. Susan Farrell
(Fulfills an American Literature requirement)

This course examines a selection of contemporary American fiction in historic, aesthetic, and social contexts.   In other words, we will explore the relationship between contemporary American literature and the world we live in.  Topics may include literature and postmodern culture, how aesthetic style may be influenced by social and historical conditions, the blurring of fact and fiction in contemporary literature, and how literature is affected by issues of race, class, and gender.  While the range of contemporary American fiction is extremely broad and varied, and impossible to cover in one semester, students will become acquainted with several of the major  trends in American literature since 1965.

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