ENGL437 - Contemporary American Literature
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This course will explore American literature of the last two decades, with a particular focus on the suburbs. Our readings will revolve around a number of pressing questions: Who lives in 21-century suburbia? How has it changed from the days of Leave it to Beaver? What is the relationship between the suburb and the contemporary American city? Is suburban life as sexless and boring as television, film, and books makes it seem? What does literature reveal to us about the relationship between the suburbs, consumption, and environmental degradation? How has suburban literature shaped the contemporary canon of American literature? Grades will be based on short response papers, quizzes, class participation, a final exam, and a research essay on a topic of your choosing. Grades will be based on short response papers, quizzes, class participation, a final exam, and a research essay or digital project on a question of your choosing.

Prerequisites: 

Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.