Types of Recent Fiction
Includes types such as faux memoir, dystopian novel, satire, realism in its high, middle, and low mimetic modes, the international political novel, faux essay, and experimental fictions for which literary criticism has yet to invent an adequately descriptive terminology. Focus on the works of George Orwell, Norman Mailer, Graham Greene, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Thomas Bernhard, Saul Bellow, John Barth, and Donald Barthelme, with emphasis on ways in which a writer's artistic power recreates and reveals freshly subjects taken for granted. The novel as a special and disturbing way of knowing. One course.