Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG4351S L0201

ENG443H1S     L0101      M10-12
Advanced Seminar Group 3: Religion, Politics, and Crisis in Modern American Fiction
Randy Boyagoda
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, TBD

Brief Description of Course: This course explores fiction by mid-century modern American writers who respond ambivalently to an increasingly secular and atomized age. Drawing in particular on Mark Greif’s recent work concerning “Crisis of Man” discourse during this era, the course will consider how religion and politics produce individual, interpersonal, and national crises of identity and purpose in works by Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, Mary McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, and Saul Bellow.

Required Reading: TBD

First three texts/authors: Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea; James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain; Mary McCarthy’s The Group.

Method of Instruction: Seminar.

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