Course Description: Together with ENG 391 (19th Century American Novel), ENG 392 (20th Century American Novel) forms a chronological upper-division survey of the American novel from 1800-2000. These courses can be taken as a sequence, or they can be taken individually. No prerequisites are required, but students should be capable of advanced university-level work in literary studies. Although readings focus on a specific period, both courses challenge students to locate American fiction within broadly conceived historical, social, and political contexts. As concentrated surveys of major American fiction, both courses satisfy the university’s Group Requirement in the Arts and Letters category.