English 159-2 - Fall, 2014

Topics in the Novel

    Topic: Rewriting the Nation: Melville, Ellison and McCarthy

Class Information

Instructor: Vernon, Matthew
CRN: 64384
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 90 SS/Hum.


    Melville, Ellison and McCarthy wrote three long, experimental novels about the nation and about each other's work. We will be reading these novels together (along with accompanying short fiction by each author) as adaptations, conversations and developing visions of the nation. Along the way we will be discussing critiques of the expansion of American power, racial politics, the development of the city, migration and canon formation.


    Midterm Paper
    Final Paper
    Final Exam


    Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
    Moby Dick, Herman Melville
    Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville
    Benito Cerno , Herman Melville
    The Road, Cormac McCarthy
    Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy