Contemporary American literature

Course Dates: 11/06/20 - 16/07/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Patricia Sweeney

Explore how writers of the American literary scene voice the concerns of modern society, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the contemporary American character. Journey through 'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, a selection of contemporary short fiction and another title tbc.

Description

What is the course about?

An exploration of some of the influential works of fiction in contemporary American literature from the end of the 20th century to the decades of the new millennium, considering the authors and their writing within their social and historical context.

Biographical information:
Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature and Film at Build, with specialist teaching interests in modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at Build, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.

What will we cover?

We will consider the social and cultural concerns that are producing a vibrant fictional landscape as well as exploring narrative structure, character and language in the selected texts.

We will be reading and exploring two books by authors who have made an impact on the American literary scene:

'An American Marriage' by Tayari Jones, winner of the 2019 Women's Prize for fiction.

'It is a story of love, loss and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas that shines a light on today's America… the prose is luminous, striking and utterly moving.'
(Prof. Kate Williams, Chair of Judges, The Women's Prize for Fiction)

The second novel tbc in September 2019.

A selection of contemporary short fiction will also be included.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Extend your reading of contemporary American fiction
-Recognise and respond to the works of the writers
-Evaluate and discuss the work in a more informed manner
-Identify the works of important American fiction in the new millennium.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
You will be willing and able to do some reading and preparation outside the class.
You will be interested in listening to, and learning from, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
You will have a commitment to developing your analytical skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A mixture of lecture, discussion, reading, large and small group work. There will be reading homework each week.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

-Bring pen and paper.
-Please buy or borrow two texts:
'An American Marriage' (2018) by Tayari Jones (Oneworld Publications, 2019)
Second novel tbc in September 2019
Short fiction will be provided by the lecturer.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Have a look at all our Literature courses in History, Culture and Writing on bildutrapagaran.info or under Humanities in the prospectus.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

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Review by Anon / (Posted on 05/07/2019)
I highly recommend it!
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Review by Eduardo / (Posted on 04/07/2019)
A lovey group, and good interaction with the lecturer. The reading list and the material studied greatly expanded my knowledge of the genre, and I am taking a follow up course next term as a result.
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Review by Geoffrey / (Posted on 11/11/2016)
[The tutor] is famous for her handouts - quality and quantity!
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Review by Old fussy / (Posted on 11/11/2016)
Excellent group and lecturer was fabulous. Great introduction to the genre and very high level discussions. Highly Recommended.
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Review by Susi / (Posted on 11/11/2016)
Excellent group and lecturer was fabulous. Great introduction to the genre and very high level discussions. Highly Recommended.
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Review by Susi / (Posted on 20/07/2015)
[The tutor] is famous for her handouts - quality and quantity!
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Review by Old fussy / (Posted on 09/07/2015)
A lovey group, and good interaction with the lecturer. The reading list and the material studied greatly expanded my knowledge of the genre, and I am taking a follow up course next term as a result.
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Review by Geoffrey / (Posted on 09/07/2015)
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Course Code: HLT55

Thu, eve, 11 Jun - 16 Jul '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £89.00
Senior fee: £89.00
Concession: £39.00

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