In “The American Novel Since 1945” students will study a wide range of works from 1945 to the present. The course traces the formal and thematic developments of the novel in this period, focusing on the relationship between writers and readers, the conditions of publishing, innovations in the novel’s form, fiction’s engagement with history, and the changing place of literature in American culture. The reading list includes works by Richard Wright, Flannery O’Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, J. D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth and Edward P. Jones. The course concludes with a contemporary novel chosen by the students in the class.
This course was recorded in Spring 2008.
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|Lecture 1: Introductions – The American Novel Since 1945 Details||00:48:00|
|Lecture 2: Richard Wright, Black Boy Details||00:50:00|
|Lecture 3: Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood Details||00:47:00|
|Lecture 4: Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (cont.) Details||00:45:00|
|Lecture 5: Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita Details||00:52:00|
|Lecture 6: Guest Lecture by Andrew Goldstone Details||00:43:00|
|Lecture 7: Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (cont.) Details||00:47:00|
|Lecture 8: Jack Kerouac, On the Road Details||00:48:00|
|Lecture 9: Jack Kerouac, On the Road (cont.) Details||00:46:00|
|Lecture 10: J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey Details||00:47:00|
|Lecture 11: John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse Details||00:49:00|
|Lecture 12: Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 Details||00:49:00|
|Lecture 13: Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye Details||00:50:00|
|Lecture 14: Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior Details||00:51:00|
|Lecture 15: Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping Details||00:47:00|
|Lecture 16: Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (cont.) Details||00:49:00|
|Lecture 17: Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian Details||00:50:00|
|Lecture 18: Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (cont.) Details||00:40:00|
|Lecture 19: Philip Roth, The Human Stain Details||00:49:00|
|Lecture 20: Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.) Details||00:50:00|
|Lecture 21: Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.) Details||00:46:00|
|Lecture 22: Edward P. Jones, The Known World Details||00:51:00|
|Lecture 23: Edward P. Jones, The Known World (cont.) Details||00:47:00|
|Lecture 24: Students’ Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated Details||00:46:00|
|Lecture 25: Students’ Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (cont.) Details||00:49:00|
|Lecture 26: Review for Final Exam Details||00:55:00|
|Final Exam Details||02:00:00|
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