Literature for the 21st Century
Discover a generation of authors likely to set literary trends well into the 21st century. Examine such literary issues as postmodernism and magical realism, and consider the controversies over multiculturalism and the nature of the literary canon. Through close reading and nuanced discussions, explore postmodernism in relation to modernism, intertextuality, pastiche, temporal displacement, and other literary themes. Readings include Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing; Naomi Alderman, The Power; Min Jin Lee, Pachinko; John Green, Turtles All the Way Down; Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling; Jeffrey Eugenides, Fresh Complaint; Ali Smith, Winter; and George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo.
You'll Walk Away with
- Increased cultural literacy
- Familiarity with 21st-century literature
- The curious and creative
- Professionals who use critical thinking