Explore compelling American fiction while meeting new people in a relaxed, congenial setting. We investigate a selection of late nineteenth/twentieth- century American short and longer fiction in this course; authors can include Henry James, Philip Roth, J.D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nella Larsen and Carson McCullers, among others. Classes are a forum for lively class discussion as we focus on key aspects of the course's stories and stress critical analysis of the course texts, as well as your insights and questions about them. Our readings are enhanced by in-class socio-historic handouts and excerpts of film. The purpose of this course is for you to gain a greater appreciation for the course's fiction through guided discussion. Students must read the assigned stories before each class discussion. The required selections include 1.) J.D. Salinger's short story, "For Esme'--With Love & Squalor," from his short story collection, Nine Stories
; 2.) Arthur Miller's short stories: "Monte Sant' Angelo" and "A Search for a Future" from his masterpiece short story collection called: I Don't Need You Anymore
(1967); and 3.) Nella Larsen's novella, "Passing."