I feel like a kid in a candy shop: I have received clearance to design a contemporary literature course to be taught in the spring semester of 2018. I’m interested in your suggestions regarding books to include, of course. I also have to work out the basic parameters of the course, which is likely to be junior-level, though seniors will be able to enroll in it for elective credit. Let me know precisely what sorts of things appeal to you.
- Should it include fiction only? Are students also interested in non-fiction, poetry, or drama?
- Are there genres or subjects (e.g. southern lit, dystopian lit, social justice) that students find especially important?
- Some “young adult” titles can be considered; I am also interested in working with more advanced materials. Suggestions are welcome.
- How strictly should the course description apply the term “contemporary”? Should we consider titles published in the last three years? Five years? Ten? Is a work contemporary if the author is simply still living?