English S-167 The Contemporary Novel [freshman seminar]

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2018
This course examines very recently published literary fiction in English, by a diverse group of influential authors: Tom McCarthy, Rachel Kushner, Ali Smith, Angie Thomas, Maggie Nelson, and Moshin Hamid. We consider the aesthetics of the twenty-first century novel in relation to social and political questions surrounding citizenship, migration, the environment, media and technology, race, gender, and class. Fictions are paired with pertinent essays, journalism, and reviews.