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By Amy Hungerford

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(ENGL 291) 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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thoroughly engaging; professor has complete command of the material

What a witch!

I could not believe this woman. She shoulders an air of objectivity, but she has nothing but contempt for what she speaks about. I listened to her lecture on On the road, and she has everything negative to say about it, nothing positive. She gets giddy saying "oh I love it when the publisher..." and goes on to explain how the publisher left in a typo in the first sentence of the novel; he left the typo in the original manuscript because he felt it added to the feel of the novel. She "loves it" because she thinks him stupid for buying into the feel of the novel that Kerouac espoused. Little does she realize that her "love", and the things that she says she "loves" throughout her lecture are of a sadistic nature.
I didn't care much for my profs in college. Since I never read novels published after 1945, I thought that these lectures would be enjoyable. I will take the reading list from this, but I will pray for academia and all the poor kids who have to listen to this--and they pay big money too. How unfortunate. This woman is the Rush Limbaugh of academia.

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