The Contemporary Novel and the Art of the Book Review (undergrad seminar)





An introduction to the contemporary Anglophone novel, with particular attention to book reviews. As we read pairs of novels that represent the possibilities for the contemporary novel, we will also read the reviews that have set the terms by which these novels are read and understood. Students will write reviews of one book assigned for the course, as well as a longer review essay on a topic, author or genre of their own choosing. Novels to include Hollinghurst's Line of Beauty, Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Adiga's White Tiger, Ghosh's Sea of Poppies, Franzen's Freedom, and Egan's Visit from the Goon Squad.

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