Modern American Novel

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern American Novel

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    British Studies, English, Literature, Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    In this course, we will study major issues in modern American fiction through reading the novels written by Thomas Pynchon, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Roth. Our readings focus on these authors? literary representations of U.S. culture and society in the second half of the Twentieth Century and their critiques of materialism, traditional individualism, anthropocentricism, racism and political oppression. We will discuss a broad range of topics such as postmodernism, paranoia, consumer society, and media determinism, while also observing these authors? metaphoric use of (pseudo)scientific theories such as entropy, the Turing test, and alternate history. The course is designed to develop the skills of close reading and independent interpretation of literary texts. Class discussions, oral presentations, and writing assignments will provide students with opportunities to respond to important themes expressed in the novels.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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