ENG365H1F - L5101

Contemporary American Fiction


Thursday 6 pm - 9 pm


S. Rayter

E-mail: scott.rayter@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course

How do contemporary American fiction writers deal with the politics of representation in their works, particularly in relation to identity—be it national, sexual, gender, ethnic, or racial—and within a larger postmodern context of questioning subjectivity itself?

Required Reading(s)

Works will include only recent 21st-century novels and short stories by writers such as George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Carmen Maria Machado, Alison Bechdel, Colson Whitehead, Ha Jin, Nathan Englander, Jhumpa Lahiri and others.

Web Site Address (if applicable)


First Three Authors/Texts

Saunders, Moore, Machado

Method of Instruction

Lecture and Discussion

Method of Evaluation

  • Take-home Mid-term Test
  • Essay
  • Take-home Exam
  • Participation