LI 570 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN NOVEL
Dr. Robert Hamblin
Spring 2005
Tuesday evening 6-8:50, Grauel 313

Course Outline

Jan. 18                            Introduction

Jan. 25                            J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye, 1951

Feb. 1                             Saul Bellow, Sieze the Day, 1956

Feb. 8                             Philip Roth, Goodbye, Columbus, 1959

Feb. 15                           John Updike, Rabbit, Run, 1960

Feb. 22                           Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961

Mar. 1                            Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five, 1969

Mar. 8                            Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays, 1970

Mar. 15                           (on spring break)

Mar.22                           Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, 1970

Mar. 29                          Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony, 1977

Apr. 5                             Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Heartsick Restaurant, 1982

Apr. 12                           Don DeLillo, White Noise, 1985

Apr. 19                           Amy Tan, The Bonesetter's Daughter, 2001

Apr. 26                           Presentations of papers       

May 3                            Conclusion

May 10                          Final exam


NOTE:   The Bellow, Roth, Vonnegut, and Morrison novels are included in Clerc and Leiter, eds.Seven Contemporary Short Novels (available for undergraduate students in Textbook Service).

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS and BASIS FOR EVALUATION

            Three oral reports                  30%
            Term paper                             30%
            Class participation                 20%
            Final examination                   20%