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MA in American: Literature

  1. The Beginnings of American Literature: the Cultures of Native Americans, the English Utopian Tradition, the Explorers of the Southwest, Puritans
  2. Major Writers and Genres in the 17th and 18th Centuries: from William Bradford to Benjamin Franklin
  3. Southern Grotesque and Arabesque and the Situation of the American Writer: E. A. Poe
  4. American Transcendentalism: Major Concepts and Works (Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller)
  5. Slave Narratives and the Construction of the Black (Male and Female) Subject: Douglass and Jacobs
  6. Major Representatives of the American Renaissance: Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson
  7. The "Gilded Age": Major Writers: Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  8. Imagism: Amy Lowel, Harriet Monroe, early Eliot, early Pound, early Stevens, early William Carlos Williams, H. D.
  9. Modernism: Two Traditions: High Modernism and Radical Modernism. Eliot, Stevens, Frost, Pound, Williams, Stein
  10. Modernist Fiction (Stein, Barnes, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Porter, Welty)
  11. Modern American Drama: O'Neill, Miller, Williams, Albee
  12. Poets, Writers and Philosophers of the New Negro Renaissance. A. J. Cooper, DuBois, Hurston, Hughes, Larsen
  13. Postmodern Poetry (the Black Mountain Poets, the Beats, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, the Language Poets)
  14. Postmodern Fiction: the First Generation (Pynchon, Barth, Coover, Barthelme, Gass, Hawkes, Vonnegut) and the Second Generation (Suckenick, Federman, Reed, Abish, McElroy), minimalism
  15. Major Women Writers and Poets from the 60s to the Present (Plath, Bishop, Rich, Russ, Stevie Smith, Walker, Silko, Oates, Lorde, Angelou, Paley, Morrison)
  16. Problems of Ethnic and Gender Identity in a Multicultural Society. Pick an Asian-American or Native American or African-American or Chicano Writer/Poet
  17. Major Schools and Trends in American Literary Theory (New Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Narratology, Reader-Response Criticism, Poststructuralism, Postmodernism, Deconstruction, Feminist Criticism, African American Criticism). Pick one school/trend for detailed elaboration

Recommended readings

Students are exptected to be thoroughly familiar with 6-8 books basic to the study of U.S. literature, especially those directly related to the topic of their thesis. Students are encouraged to bring bibliographies used in preparing for the various topics. The recommended readings can be located in several Budapest libraries, including the SEAS, University, Academy, and CEU Libraries.


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