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Topic 32: American literature II (1900--)

  1. American naturalism in the 20th century: Upton Sinclair, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck
  2. Required reading

    Upton Sinclaire: The Jungle; Theodore Dreiser: An American Tragedy; Sinclair Lewis: Main Street; John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

  3. Early Modern American Poetry: Carl Sandburg, Edgar Lee Masters, Robert Frost
  4. Required reading

    Carl Sandburg: "Chicago", "Grass" "Happiness"; E. L. Masters: from Spoon River Anthology: "Doc Hill", "Margaret Fuller Slack", "Trainor, the Druggist", Elsa Wertman", "Hamilton Green", "Lucinda Matlock"; Robert Frost: "Mending Wall", "After Apple-Picking", "The Road Not Taken", "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"

  5. High modernism in poetry: Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, E. E. Cummings
  6. Required reading

    Ezra Pound: "A Pact", "In a Station of the Metro", "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (Life and Contacts)", "Canto I."; T. S. Eliot: "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", "The Waste Land", from "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (Norton Anthology, pp. 1375-1378.); Wallace Stevens: "The Snow Man", "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", "Of Modern Poetry", "Poetry Is a Destructive Force"; William Carlos Williams: "The Red Wheelbarrow", "This Is Just To Say", "The Young Housewife", "The Bare Tree", "A Sort of a Song", "New Jersey Lyrics"; E. E. Cummings: [in Just - ], [O sweet spontaneous], [Buffalo Bill's defunct], [a salesman is an it that stinks Excuse], ["next to of course god America i], [r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r], [anyone lived in a pretty how town], [pity this busy monster, manunkind]

  7. The Harlem Renaissance and its effects on African-American writing: Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright
  8. Required reading

    Claude McKay: "If We Must Die", "Africa", "America", "The Lynching"; Countee Cullen: "Yet Do I Marvel", Incident", Heritage"; Jean Toomer: from Cane, (Norton Anthology, pp. 1490-1495); Langston Hughes: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", "I Too", "Mother to Son", "Mulatto", "Song for a Dark Girl", "The Weary Blues"; Zora Neale Hurston: from Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chapter 2.; Richard Wright: "The Man Who Was Almost a Man"

  9. The Lost Generation: John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway
  10. Required reading

    John Dos Passos: Manhattan Transfer; F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby, "Babylon Revisited"; Ernest Hemingway: In Our Time, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", The Sun Also Rises

  11. Symbolic naturalism: William Faulkner
  12. Required reading

    William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury, "That Evening Sun"; "A Rose for Emily"; "Wash"; "Barn Burning".

  13. American drama: Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee
  14. Required reading

    O'Neill: Long Day's Journey Into Night; Miller: Death of a Salesman; Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire; Albee: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  15. Post-war fiction I: the war-novel and its caricature, Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut
  16. Required reading

    Mailer: The Naked and the Dead; Joseph Heller: Catch-22; Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse Five

  17. Post-war fiction II: short-stories by Southern women-writers, urban Jewish writers and the writers of The New Yorker, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Shirley Jackson, John Cheever
  18. Required reading

    Welty: "Petrified Man", "Death of a Travelling Salesman"; O'Connor: "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", "Good Country People", Malamud: "Angel Levine", "The Magic Barrel", "Idiots First"; Bellow: "Looking for Mr. Green", Shirley Jackson: "The Lottery"; Cheever: "The Swimmer" "Christmas Is a Sad Season for the Poor"

  19. Post-war fiction III: beat-writers, Black humorists, post-modernists, minimalists: Jack Kerouac, John Barth, Richard Brautigan, Raymond Carver
  20. Required reading

    Kerouac: On the Road, Barth: Lost in the Funhouse; Brautigan: Trout Fishing In America, Carver: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love", "A Small Good Thing", "The Cathedral"

  21. Poetry as Confession: Allen Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath
  22. Required reading

    Ginsberg: Howl, "A Supermarket in California", "Sunflower Sutra"; Lowell: "Memories of West Street and Lepke", "Skunk Hour", "For the Union Dead"; Berryman: "Of Suicide"; from the Dream Songs: 1, 14, 385; Plath: "Lady Lazarus", "Daddy", "Ariel"

  23. African-American female novelists: Alice Walker, Toni Morrison
  24. Required reading

    Alice Walker: The Color Purple, Toni Morrison: Beloved


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