ENG 383 0500 - The American Novel

Official Course Description:

This course focuses on the gradual emergence of the American novel both as a literary form and as a reflection and reinforcement of patterns in the fabric of American life. Representative authors may include Hawthorne, Melville and Stowe from the 19th century; Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway and Steinbeck from the 1920ís to the 1950ís; and Wright and Mailer of the 1960's and 1970's.

Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 201 or ENG 121

As a consequence, for ENG383-981, Professor Bisz online course will cover as follow:


America's many disparate cultures and classes have evolved over two centuries from an interlocking of customs so thick and taken for granted that only a stranger to those systems could challenge them. From our safe position we will examine the movement of the American novel from the character psychologies of 19th century realist fiction, to the spirituality of southern fiction, to the speculations of modern science fiction. We will witness the crashing of the masculine world of logic and money down into the feminine world of feelings and community-building, and understand people's strong desire to hold onto and possess human beings when caught between survival and romantic love. We will watch American society seeing itself for what it really is, and trying to grow up.

Course Credit: 3


Professor: Joe Bisz | jbisz@bmcc.cuny.edu

The American
AUTHOR: Henry James
ISBN: 0140390820

Their Eyes Were Watching God
AUTHOR: Zora Neale Hurston
ISBN: 0060838671

Stranger in a Strange Land
AUTHOR: Robert A. Heinlein
ISBN: 0441788386

Special Instructions and Information:

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