ENG441B.001 Contemporary American Literature, Fiction


Spring 2008

Prof. Eileen Joy


Figure 1. Rene Magritte, La condition humaine 

I. Primary Authors

Alford, Steven E. "Chance in Contemporary Narrative: The Example of Paul Auster." Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 11:1 (July 2000): 59-82.

Barone, Dennis, ed. Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.

Baxter, Charles. "The Bureau of Missing Persons: Notes on Paul Auster's Fiction." The Review of Contemporary Fiction 14:1 (Spring 1994): 40-43.

Chodat, Robert. "Jokes, Fiction, and Lorrie Moore." Twentieth Century Literature: A Scholarly and Critical Journal 52:1 ( Spring 2006): 42-60.

Hallett, Cynthia Whitney. Minimalism and the Short Story: Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel, and Mary Robison. Mellen Press, 1999.

LeClair, Tom and Larry McCaffery, eds. Anything Can Happen: Interviews with American Novelists. University of Illinois Press, 1983.

Lenz, Millicent. "Reinventing a World: Myth in Denis Johnson's Fiskadoro." In Anisfield, Nancy (ed.), The Nightmare Considered: Critical Essays on Nuclear War Literature. Popular Books, 1991. pp. 114-22.

II. Genre, Narrative, and Sociological Theory

Alter, Robert. Partial Magic: The Novel as a Self-Conscious Genre. University of California Press, 1975.

Attebery, Brian. The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to LeGuin. Indiana University Press, 1980.

Bakhtin, M.M. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Trans. Vadim Lipaunov. University of Texas Press, 1982.

Bal, Mieke. Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative. 2nd edition. University of Toronto Press, 1997.

Barthes, Roland. The Pleasures of the Text. Trans. Richard Miller. Farar, Straus and Giroux, 1975.

- - - . S/Z: An Essay. Trans. Richard Miller. Farar, Straus and Giroux, 1974.

Berger, James. After the End: Representations of the Post-Apocalypse. University of Minnesota Press, 1999.

Berger, Peter and Thomas Luckman. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Doubleday, 1966.

Brooke-Rose, Christine. A Rhetoric of the Unreal: Studies in Narrative and Structure, Especially of the Fantastic. Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Brooks, Peter. Realist Vision. Yale University Press, 2005.

Chatman, Seymour. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. New edition. Cornell University Press, 1980.

Cohen, Stanley and Laurie Taylor. Escape Attempts: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Everyday Life. Penguin Books, 1976.

Dillard, Annie. Living by Fiction. Harper & Row, 1982.

Eco, Umberto. The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts. Indiana University Press, 1979.

Freud, Sigmund. The Uncanny. Trans. David McLintock. Penguin Classics, 2003.

Gardner, John. On Moral Fiction. Basic Books, 1978.

Gass, William. Fiction and the Figures of Life: Essays. David R. Godine, 1978.

- - - . The World Within the Word: Essays. Basic Books, 1971.

Genette, Gerard. Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method. Trans. Jane E. Lewin. Cornell University Press, 1979.

Girard, Rene. Deceit, Desire, and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure. Trans. Yvonne Freccero. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1965.

Ingarden, Roman. The Literary Work of Art. 1931; reprint Northwestern University Press, 1973.

Jackson, Rose. Fantasty: The Literature of Subversion. Routledge, 1981.

Josipovici, Gabriel. The World and the Book: A Study of Modern Fiction. Macmillan, 1971.

Lodge, David. The Modes of Modern Writing: Metaphor, Metonymy, and the Typology of Modern Literature. Edward Arnold, 1977.

McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction. Metheun, 1987.

Morris, Pam. Realism. The New Critical Idiom series. Routledge, 2003.

Pavel, Thomas G. Fictional Worlds. Harvard University Press, 1986.

Robbe-Grillet, Alain. For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction. Trans. Richard Howard. Grove Press, 1965.

Scholes, Robert. Fabulation and Metafiction. University of Illinois Press, 1979.

- - - . Structural Fabulation: An Essay on the Fiction of the Future. Notre Dame University Press, 1975.

Suckenick, Ronald. In Form: Digressions on the Act of Fiction. Southern Illinois University Press, 1985.

Todorov, Tzvetan. The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre. Trans. Richard Howard. Cornell University Press, 1975.

Wagar, William W. Terminal Visions: The Literature of Last Things. Indiana University Press, 1982.