first part of this course will deal with 19th and 20th century short
stories by writers such as Washington Irving,
Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Jack London, Sherwood
Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway,
William Faulkner, Isaac
Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud, Flannery O'Connor,
Kingston, Frank Chin, John Barth, Robert Coover
and Donald Barthelme.
About 30-40 pages of reading will be done each
The second part of this
course will look at novels. The exact list of novelsto be read will
depend on what novels the students have already read. It will probably
include one 19th century novel and two or three 20th century ones.
For this part of the course, about 60-70 pages will be read per week.
It is hoped that the readings will increase the student's ability to read
large amounts of English material with good comprehension.
Students interested in
taking this course should give to Judy Peng by
December 15 a list of all the American novels
they have read in English.
The syllabus for the course will be ready by
the end of this semester so
that some of the readings can be done over the
semester break if desired.
Each class will begin with a writing exercise
based on the assigned
readings. Two term papers will be required:
one on a short story and one
on a novel.