Spring 2014
- Contemporary American Literature

This course concentrates on American writers whose work chronicles the seismic upheavals in American society: current debates over immigration; issues of gender and sexuality; geopolitical disputes past and present.  We analyze the impact of mass media and popular culture. Course objective: to become more sophisticated analysts of literature and visual culture.  This course is for serious students committed to attendance and participation. It involves intensive collaboration w/ classmates. Strong emphasis on writing, revision, and research. Students not present from the first day forward will have difficulty catching up. Requirements: 2 research papers – l short (5-7pp.), 1 long (9-10pp), 2 exams, class presentations and collaborations.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.