Cash 3 credits
Through exploring a number of modern and contemporary writers, students in this course will study the depiction of the underclass South in the 20th and 21st centuries. The central text for the course will be the 2012 Grit Lit, A Rough South Reader, edited by Brian Carpenter and Tom Franklin. We will also read stories and novels by Harry Crews, Dorothy Allison, Larry Brown, Tim Gautreaux, William Gay, Tom Franklin, Daniel Woodrell, Barb Johnson, Ron Rash, and Skip Horack. Study of this writing will show that Southern writers continue to produce more remarkable literature than writers from of any other section of the United States. The course will also exercise students' skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, and speaking. Requirements include journals, formal papers, a research article, and active class participation. Graduate students will produce a seminar paper and teach at least two of the works by the writers listed above.
This course meets concurrently with ENG 512.
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