Winning the Pulitzer Prize: A Century of American Literature


Winter 2015 quarter

Taught by

composition, education, literature

Since 1917, a Pulitzer Prize has been awarded to one novel written by an author in the U.S. that focuses on life in the U.S. We’ll use the list of Pulitzer winners to explore what makes literature good, and what literature is good for. We’ll start with the most recent winner, The Goldfinch , by Donna Tartt, and work our way back, selectively, to the first winner, His Family , by Ernest Poole, published in 1917. Along the way, we’ll use Terry Eagleton’s book on literary theory to help us become better, more intentional readers.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: Mondays, 6-9:30 pm


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


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