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A study of American fiction that traces the development of Post-Modernism.
This introduction to American fiction considers the novel from national and regional perspectives and traces the development of postmodernism. Other topics to be studied include gender, ethnicity, class, history, the media and popular culture.
|Paper title||Contemporary American Fiction|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$913.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,073.40|
- One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Rochelle Simmons
- Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49 (Pan)
- Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays (Flamingo)
- Morrison, Toni. Sula (Picador)
- Doctorow, E. L. Ragtime (Pan)
- DeLillo, Don. White Noise (Penguin)
- Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
- Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections (Fourth Estate)
- Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will
- Be familiar with a range of contemporary American novels
- Be able to discuss specific images and broad themes in American writing
- Be able to compare and contrast works using historical, theoretical and critical approaches
- Have developed their expertise in critical reading and writing