ENGH 355: Contemporary Fiction

ENGH 355-001: Recent American Fiction
(Fall 2024)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Aquia Building 219

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Section Information for Fall 2024

VERY recent American fiction! This class will give you detailed snapshots of some of the most daring, exciting, and moving work done by North American fiction writers in the last thirty years. Dig into the most gorgeously written zombie novel you'll ever read and novels about punk rock, weird biomorphic entities, apocalyptic mayhem, slipstreaming, and more. My short list: Severance, Annihilation, The Secret History, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Sea of Tranquility, Homegoing, and The Fifth Season. We'll read some, not all, of these. And we might also read others not mentioned here. I'm also hoping to screen the horror film It Follows. BA and BFA students will come away from this class with lots of new ideas about fiction and storytelling in the here and now.

 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduces students to the variety and vitality of contemporary literature through the study of novels and/or short stories published within the past three or four decades, concentrating on US-based writers active in the present. May also include comparative attention to writers based internationally, as well as to the transnational dimensions of contemporary fiction. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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