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We will read contemporary (20th- and 21st-century) works of prose and poetry that reference significant historical moments in the US during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I will assign a few works (3-4), such as George Saunders's novel  Lincoln in the Bardo (winner of the Man Booker Prize) and Tayari Jones's new Oprah's Book Club pick American Marriage, set in the context of the US's history of mass incarceration of African Americans.   During the first few weeks of the semester, I will give the class the opportunity to suggest and vote upon two or three assigned readings that fit this criteria.  I'm keen to discuss works by writers I know are visiting campus in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, such as Tayari Jones who will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in November 2018.  Finally, one work we decide by consensus to read can be futurist.  Check in to this website later in the semester for more details.