Instructor: Judnitch M/W/F 11:15am – 12:10pm
This course will examine multiple works to come to a better understanding of the nuances associated with American working-class fiction. Upon closer examination of these texts, we will try to come to an idea of what, exactly, working-class fiction is, and how it differs (if at all) from other contemporary American works of fiction. We will consider whether the creative works are affected by the author’s own socio-economic background, the connotations of labels such as “working-class” or “underclass,” as well as the recurring themes present in each. Students will read works by authors of varying socio-economic backgrounds as well as theoretical texts that engage with the thematic and social concerns of the genre.