Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 PM

Professor: Debbie Mix

This course will focus on the very contemporary–fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and drama published since 2000. Likely topics/texts will include: the aftermath of 9/11 through Don DeLillo’s Falling Man (2007), the relationship of past and present through Toni Morrison’s A Mercy (2008), power and citizenship through Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2014) and Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012), and identity and culture through Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars (2011) and Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (2006). Students will be expected to read carefully, think deeply, contribute thoughtfully, research purposefully, and write frequently over the course of the semester. Assignments will include short close reading assignments as well as longer analytical essays.