A Literary Exploration of Contemporary American Issues

GENINT 731.390

Osher (50+). In this course, we read female American authors and see how race, immigration, religion, and gender are reflected in their work.

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We read twentieth and twenty-first century female American authors and see how race, immigration, religion, and gender are reflected in their work. The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor provide insight into mid-twentieth century Southern life and race. In Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, we see the impact of immigration on life in America. Next, we read a powerful account of race in Brit Bennett’s recently-published The Vanishing Half, which debuted at number one on The New York Times fiction best-seller list. Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom offers a complex view of immigration, religion, and gender. We conclude with Blood Child and Other Stories by Octavia Butler, a founding mother of Afro-Futurism and a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient.

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