English 149-2 - Spring, 2015

Topics in Literature

    Topic: Altered Worlds, Modern and Contemporary

Class Information

Instructor: Glazner, Greg
CRN: 32538
Time: TR 1:40-3:00
Location: 217 Olson


    The course covers several works of modern and contemporary literature that depart from what might ordinarily be called “realistic,” presenting “altered worlds” instead. Ghosts, extreme physical transformations, meaningful weather, fables, visionary experiences, and dystopian societies, drugs, and warfare will lead us into the main concerns of the works. Social and political critique, psychological portraiture, and expanded notions of “the real” will be key to our discussions.


    A mid-term paper 35%
    A final exam paper 40%
    Daily quizzes, a small number of daily assignments, and participation 25%


    The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (online), Rainer Maria Rilke
    "The Hunger Artist" and "The Metamorphosis" (online) , Franz Kafka
    Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko
    Beloved, Toni Morrison
    The Angel Esmeralda, Don DeLillo
    On Such a Full Sea, Chang-Rae Lee
    Tenth of December, George Saunders
    Selected stores (online), Aimee Bender, Denis Johnson, Ursula Le Guin