Course Description

ONLINE: This course will focus on a close reading and discussion of Philip Roth's magisterial work "American Pastoral," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1998. Active input from students is encouraged. In advance of each week's reading assignment, the instructor will send students a list of questions to be considered in class. Students will also study selected passages during class. The expectation is that students will learn to analyze this novel in depth. They will examine how an affluent family ensconced in traditional American values during the turbulent 1960s unravels, and the tragic consequences of this unraveling. They will be asked to express opinions on whether this is great literature by asking themselves questions such as: Do the characters and story ring true? Do the emotions the novel elicits feel real, or manipulated? Does the novel lend itself to different interpretations that, despite their differences, remain valid? Does it deserve to be read multiple times? | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 25.

Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Philip Roth, "American Pastoral"
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Feb 01, 2023 to Feb 22, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Students may use any Vintage edition of the required text.

Required reading:
Philip Roth, "American Pastoral" (9780375701429)

Required fields are indicated by .