ENGL346 - Twentieth-Century Fiction
102 - TBA

Alfred Nobel established what is now known as the Nobel Prize in Literature at the close of the 19th century.  He directed that the award be given to "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction."  In this course, we'll read some of the work of the authors who in the past two decades -- as we have ended the 20th century and begun the 21st -- have won this prize, as part of a broader conversation about what "outstanding work" and "an ideal direction" might mean in the contemporary context.  Work by such authors as Doris Lessing, Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, Gao Xingjian, and Nadine Gordimer, will anchor the course.  Two 6-8 page papers, a midterm, final, and several shorter assignments are the requirements of the course.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department. Not open to students who have completed ENGL379B in Spring 2006.