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ENGL 291: The American Novel Since 1945 (Spring 2008, Open Yale Courses). Instructor: Professor Amy Hungerford

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. (from oyc.yale.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Introductions Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Richard Wright, Black Boy Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Guest Lecture by Andrew Goldstone Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Jack Kerouac, On the Road (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Philip Roth, The Human Stain Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Edward P. Jones, The Known World Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Edward P. Jones, The Known World (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Students’ Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Students’ Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (cont.) Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Review for Final Exam Unlimited

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