File this under “Too cool.” Well, I think it’s cool.
Back in October, I received a message from a graduate student in the English department at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. She told me that she was taking a course about Robert McCammon’s work and wanted to interview Mr. McCammon for her term paper.
The professor who set the course up, Prodosh Bhattacharya, contacted me recently and has graciously provided a written account of how the course came to be and the challenges faced. You can read his account here.
Here is the syllabus for the course:
Syllabus for the Robert McCammon course (tentative):
Early phase: Usher’s Passing, The Deep End, ‘Best Friends’. (The first is a novel, the second a novella, and the third a short story).
Transition phase: TheWolf’s Hour, ‘Black Boots’, ‘A Life in the Day of’, ‘On a Beautiful Summer’s Day, He Was’, (the first is a novel, the other three are short stories).
Later phase: Boy’s Life, Speaks the Nightbird, The Queen of Bedlam, Gone South, I Travel by Night. (All novels)
Texts by other authors that have to be read as influences on McCammon (no questions will be set directly on these):
‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ by Edgar Allan Poe.
Where Eagles Dare by Alistair Maclean.
The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.
The questions for the Master of Arts Examination can be viewed here, or click on the image below to view a large version.
They also have a Facebook group: Special Author: Robert McCammon
Thank you to Prodosh and Ms. Sapui for all of the information about the course!