Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4780 RASULA, JED M 3 :35 PM 0250


We will read 11 novels by 11 authors spanning the 20th century. The novels have been selected primarily for the social and psychological conditions they depict. Some of the material will be challenging, both in terms of initial accessibility and because of the work's content. The variety of approaches to novel writing is an important component of the course, so the works included range from realist fiction to psychological phantasmagoria. Genres include mystery and sci-fi, as well as more conventional 'high literary' approaches.


Because this class meets once a week, students will be expected to have read the entirety of a novel when we discuss it. Weekly quizes will verify your reading comprehension. But it is imperative that you come to class prepared for three hours of discussion.


Participation in class discussions is paramount. Other graded components are essays and quizes.


Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (Norton Critical Edition $18.53)

Willa Cather, The Professor’s House (Vintage $16)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Scribner $15)

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (Harper $18)

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (Vintage $16)

Raymond Chandler, Farewell My Lovely (Vintage $16)

Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley (Norton $16)

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Vintage $16)

Don DeLillo, White Noise (Penguin $17)

Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness (Ace $10)

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (Harper $14)