The Novel’s Newest Forms
Long stories immerse us in whole worlds; the most dominant modern long story form—the novel—was declared dead several times in the 20th century. How does it continue to thrive today? In this Master Class we will tour what is new and what is traditional, what is popular and what is obscure in novel-writing today, as well as the changing conditions under which novels are written. The first novel built into a mobile app, The Silent History (Apple iOS), and an innovative graphic novel, Building Stories by Chris Ware, will offer us case studies for this exploration of the long story and its long life.
Amy Hungerford is Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities at Yale University, where she specializes in 20th- and 21st century American literature. In the summer, she teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College’s M.A. program serving (mainly) secondary school English teachers. Professor Hungerford’s teaching is also known worldwide thanks to her popular, and free, online course “The American Novel Since 1945.” She is the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature; Personification; Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion Since 1960; and, most recently, Making Literature Now. In addition, she edited the Norton Anthology of American Literature, Volume E, “Literature Since 1945.”