2012 Fall Course Descriptions Announced

March 27, 2012

ENG 380: Men, Women, and the Family in American Literature and Culture

Instructor: Dr. Kevin Stein

This course examines the evolution of social and gender roles revealed in American literature and culture of the late-nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. We'll focus on the intersection of aesthetic, social, and cultural notions in works regarded as quintessentially "A'murkin." We'll do so partly by sampling traditional modes such as short fiction, nonfiction essays, novels, and poetry collections. We'll supplement our study with nontraditional modes by drawing examples from television shows depicting men, women, and the family through decades ranging from the 1950's "Father Knows Best" all the way to current fare such as "Modern Family." Among the authors we will read are William Dean Howells (who wrote the first American book dealing with the subject of divorce), Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Kim Addonizio, Flannery O'Connor, Tony Hoagland, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, John Updike, and Susah Hahn.