Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202685  Contemporary Novels


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106.1

Office Hours: W 13 and by appointment

Phone: 0-2218-4703


BRK 511

T 912



! The Final Exam is on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 in room BRK 304 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.  There will be two parts. Part I is identifications and explications. You should be able to identify passages by author and title, indicate who is speaking, who is being addressed and the location of the excerpt, and write a short but detailed explication of the text, making note of its language/style, themes, other remarkable characteristics, and significance in relation to the novel as a whole. Part II consists of two essays, one of which is about scholarship, history, and context so reviewing the critical handouts and supplementary readings should be useful. The other essay is thematic.

Course Outline

We meet Tuesdays 912.


There will be weekly one-page reading responses and a 710-page final paper, also student-led discussions and presentations.


Readings include:
  • John Updike, Rabbit Run (1960)

  • Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (1980)

  • Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (1996)

  • J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999)

  • John Banville, The Sea (2005)

  • Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies (2008)

  • Course packet/handouts

Syllabus (Word file)


Detailed schedule

Suggested Reading

Bell, Bernard W.  The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987.  (IIC American St.  813.009896 BA)


Elliott, Emory, ed.  The Columbia History of the American Novel.  New York: Columbia UP, 1991.  (IIC American St.  813.009 CE)


Hale, Dorothy J.  The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 19002000.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.  (CL 809.3 N834)


Hoffman, Michael, and Patrick Murphy, eds.  Essentials of the Theory of Fiction.  Duke.


Minter, David.  A Cultural History of the American Novel: Henry James to William Faulkner.  Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996.


Perkins, George, ed.  The Theory of the American Novel.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.  (IIC American St.  808.3 PT)

Student Essentials

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  7th ed.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. (library has 6th ed.)

Roget's International Thesaurus.  6th ed.  Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer.  New York: Harper, 2001. (7th ed. coming out in August)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.  11th ed.  Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003.

Oxford English Dictionary.  2nd ed.  20 vols.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.



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