ENG392 201702 Undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2018
Course: 
ENG 392
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
American Novel
Instructors: 

Kristy Bryant-Berg

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-3975
  • Office: 343 PLC
  • Office Hours: Spring term: TUES/THUR 9:30-11:00
Department Section Description: 

This course develops appreciation and understanding of 20th Century American novels by examining provocative samples exemplifying notable trends. We will explore both modernist roots reshaping the American novel and contemporary highlights challenging the novel’s form and complicating American identity. Each novel will be examined individually for accurate comprehension, as well as intertextually to observe how 20th Century American novels address and/or suppress national sins spawning and haunting American culture. Brief lectures and supplementary critical readings will provide background about each author’s larger work and identify controversies surrounding each novel; class discussions will aim to inspire nuanced close reading through careful attention to form as content.

Fulfills: 

A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Old Major: C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

F-Gender/Ability/Queer Studies/Sexuality

Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexuality courses focus on the ways that issues of sexuality, gender, queerness, and disability are represented, critiqued, and developed in media and literature.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.