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Suburban Ennui and Dystopia in American Fiction
Repeats every week every Monday until Mon May 17 2021.
Monday, March 29, 2021 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
This course will examine the weirdly specific genre of American suburban fiction made notorious in the 1970s by writers such Updike and Cheever. What is it about this aspirational niche of the American dream that so often leads those who have “achieved” it into despair or alienation? Through novels and short stories epitomizing this genre, we’ll explore themes of technology, sexuality, marriage, whiteness, class, NIMBYism, parenting, and the yearning for home that even home itself can’t satisfy. Authors will include some, but unfortunately not all, of the following: Oates, Updike, Cheever, DeLillo, Eugenides, Senna, Boyle, Atwood, Levin, Moody, Moore, Saunders, Carver, and Homes.
Stephanie Wells has a B.A. from Berkeley, an M.A. from University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. from UC Davis with a focus on modernism and postmodernism in American and British novels and poetry. She has been a literature professor for over 20 years and currently teaches at College of Marin.
This is a Livestream-Only Course
Classes stream live at the scheduled day and time
Classes are not recorded, which means you will not be able to view a video of them later
The Zoom link to attend class will be in the Member Dashboard under "My Schedule"
Course materials will remain available to view and enjoy until May 29