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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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American Novel after 1945

I am an English major, and yet when I happened to see this course for the time , I thought to myself that the literature course is supposed to be taught this way so taht it could arouse students' interesting in reading the story, knowing the characters, and obtaining a deeper understanding of the background the works have managed to present. For whatever reason, I love this course, and I admire Prof. Hungerford's passion for novels, and for the literature in general.

American Novel since 1945. Amy Hungerford

The first lecture hooked me. Love her passion for the novel. Like being an undergrad again in the presence of a really dedicated professor who is a long way from burnout.

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