ENGL789 - Form and Theory in Fiction

In this seminar we will be reading works of fiction whose narrative strategies, general literary temperaments, and tonalities  are "influenced" by those of nonfiction.  The suggestion, here, is that what we want no matter which genre we write in, is to perfect a sense of verisimilitude.

Required Reading:

1. All Our Yesterdays  by Natalia Ginzburg

2. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas  by Gertrude Stein

3. The Gospel According to the Son by Norman Mailer and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

4. See Now Then  by Jamaica Kincaid

5. Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje

6. A Lover's Discourse  by Roland Barthes

7. Bluebeard by Max Frisch

8  Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano

9. can't and won't  by Lydia Davis

Work provided by Prof. Norman:

The Swan Whisperer  by Marlene Van Niekerk

Class discussion/Response paper for each book; One complete essay due at semester's end.