Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202685  Contemporary Novels


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106

Office Hours: M 13 and by appointment

Phone: 0-2218-4703


MCS 601/4

W 14


Announcements ! Final Exam: Final exam details are available on our detailed schedule page.
! Last Course Packet: Main excerpts for weeks 15 and 16 in pdf format are below. A hard copy of the last batch of readings is available from MCS photocopy shop.
  • The Dark Towers: The Gunslinger
    • Chapter 1 chap 1
    • Chapter 2 chap 2
  • Real Chapter 37 chap 37
Course Outline

We meet Wednesdays 14.


There will be weekly one-page reading responses and a 7–10-page final paper, also student-led discussions and presentations.


Readings include:
  • George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)

  • Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)

  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

  • Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)

  • Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide (2004)

  • Class novel

  • Course packet (includes excerpts and criticism by Nabokov, Momaday, García Márquez, Wa Thiong'o, Rushdie, and others)



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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