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Spring 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015
Gordon Hutner (English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
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The Twenty-First Century American Novel: A Short History
3:30 pm Curtin 175

What are the challenges of writing the history of the twenty-first century U.S. novel?

By examining the kinds of fiction routinely considered as prize-worthy, Gordon Hutner's study undertakes an exercise in precanonization. To that end, his discussion engages a wider range of novels than academic histories typically confront in answering the questions: what are the important U.S. novels of this era? and how might the field be conceptualized, defined, analyzed, and studied?

Cosponsored with the Department of English, College of Letters and Science, Graduate School, UWM Year of the Humanities, the Masters in Liberal Studies (MLS) program, and Distinguished Professor Jane Gallop


Gordon Hutner is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is the founding editor of American Literary History, one of the two top journals in the field. He is the author of What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009), and is the editor of The Selected Writings of Theodore Roosevelt (Random House, 2014).


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