Cash 3 credits
Larry Brown (1951-2004) was one of the first of a “new” development among contemporary Southern writers: he was arguably the most original of the “Rough South” writers who began their careers in the late 1980s. Primarily self-taught, Brown learned from the writers he idolized, among them Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Harry Crews, and Cormac McCarthy. The class will begin with “The Bear,” by Faulkner, several short stories by O’Connor, A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews, and Suttree by Cormac McCarthy. This novel was Brown’s favorite throughout his life. After reading these works, the class will concentrate on fiction by Brown himself, including selected short stories from Facing the Music and Big Bad Love and his major novels: Dirty Work, Joe, Father and Son, and Fay. Undergraduate students in the class will write four formal papers, a research article, and be responsible for various presentations. Graduate students will write longer versions of the formal papers, produce a twenty-page conference paper, write a book review, and teach one of the stories (by either O’Connor or Brown) and one of his novels.
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