ENGL 499 (Section 003, Schedule #40080)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Spring 2020
MW 2:00-3:15pm :: Hibbs 331
Prof. David Golumbia
Office: 333 Hibbs Hall
Spring 2020 Office Hours: MW 12:00-1:30pm

Senior Seminar: Contemporary Literature

This course surveys a few of the many themes and issues in contemporary literature. We'll focus in particular on the novel and longer narrative forms, and on material produced within the past 5-10 years, primarily from the US. Students will write two 10-page papers or one 20-page paper. Vigorous participation in class discussion is expected.


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Assignments and Evaluation

Evaluation will be based on written exercises and course participation as follows:

Course-Specific Policies

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Students should visit http://go.vcu.edu/syllabus and review all syllabus statement information. The full university syllabus statement includes information on safety, registration, the VCU Honor Code, student conduct, withdrawal and more.

Week-by-Week Syllabus

Week One

Week Two. Milkman

Week Three. Milkman

Week Four. Outline

Week Five. No classes

Week Six. The Hate U Give

Week Seven. There There

Week Eight. Stay With Me

Week Nine. Spring Break

Week Ten. COVID-19 Spring Break

Week Eleven. Washington Black

Week Twelve. Washington Black and On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Week Thirteen. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Week Fourteen. Infinite Detail

Week Fifteen. Solitary

Week Sixteen. Individual paper conferences (no classes)

Final paper is due by the end of the final exam period for the course, 3:20pm, Mon, May 4, 2020, per the registrar's exam schedule. The paper should be submitted on Blackboard. No late papers can be accepted for the final paper assignment. If you have conflicts with other exams you must notify the instructors of the courses ahead of time to make arrangements. There is no other final exam for the course.

Last updated  April 8, 2020.