The objective of this course is to dispel the notion that literature is something of the past, that it is a purely historical phenomenon, which in our 21st century world has been replaced with television, film and the Internet. Students encounter and wrestle with perspectives, commentaries and portrayals of the world we live in now and the issues we encounter in contemporary society by writers who are living today. Works studied include the novels and short fiction works published in the past 10 years of award-winning authors. Interactive discussions about whether the work will be a classic in the years to come are pursued. This course is designed to reinforce and improve upon the skills that students learned in previous English courses, including active reading, oral presentations, timed and take-home essay writing and small group work.
(Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2020–2021.