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Contemporary American Fiction in the European Classroom

Teaching and Texts

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides an understanding of how post-World War II American writers are represented in European university classrooms

  • Addresses key questions about syllabus formation

  • Asks: What makes certain works and writers invitingly teachable?

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: American Fiction Abroad

    • Laurence W. Mazzeno, Sue Norton
    Pages 1-11
  3. What Light from the Recent Past?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 251-251

About this book

This book offers insight into the ways students enrolled in European classrooms in higher education come to understand American experience through its literary fiction, which for decades has been a key component of English department offerings and American Studies curricula across the continent and in Great Britain and Ireland. The essays provide an understanding of how post-World War II American writers, some already elevated to ‘canonical status’ and some not, are represented in European university classrooms and why they have been chosen for inclusion in coursework. The book will be of interest to scholars and teachers of American literature and American studies, and to students in American literature and American studies courses.

Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University, USA. He is the author or editor of twenty scholarly books, including Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2017) and Victorian Environmental Nightmares (2019).

Sue Norton is Lecturer of English at Technological University Dublin, Ireland. She has published numerous articles and essays on topics in American literature as well as on classroom practice. She co-edited European Perspective on John Updike (2018).

Keywords

  • Contemporary American Fiction
  • European higher education
  • American studies
  • Teaching literature
  • American culture and politics
  • American novels

Reviews

Contemporary American Fiction in the European Classroom is a richly informative volume that explores the challenges and rewards of teaching contemporary American literature in a European context today. The mix of fresh readings, current perspectives, practical teaching advice, and tested resources makes this an essential and truly useful book.”
—David Coughlan, Lecturer in English, University of Limerick; former editor, Irish Journal of American Studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Office of the President, Alvernia University, Reading, USA

    Laurence W. Mazzeno

  • Languages, Law, Social Sciences, Technological University Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

    Sue Norton

About the editors

Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University, USA. He is the author or editor of twenty scholarly books, including Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-First Century (2017) and Victorian Environmental Nightmares (2019).

Sue Norton is Lecturer of English at Technological University Dublin, Ireland. She has published numerous articles and essays on topics in American literature as well as on classroom practice. She co-edited European Perspective on John Updike (2018).

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-94166-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)