The American Novel Since 1945

Amy Hungerford
Yale

Course Description

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.

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The American Novel Since 1945: Introductions (Lecture 1 of 26)

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The American Novel Since 1945: Richard Wright, Black Boy (Lecture 2 of 26)

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The American Novel Since 1945: Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Lecture 5 of 26)

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The American Novel Since 1945: Jack Kerouac, On the Road (Lecture 8 of 26)

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