The American Novel Since 1945

Course Description

In this course, Professor Amy Hungerford gives 27 video lectures on "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.

The American Novel Since 1945
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Introductions (47:36) Play Video
2 Richard Wright, Black Boy (50:30) Play Video
3 Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (47:07) Play Video
4 Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (cont.) (44:06) Play Video
5 Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (51:31) Play Video
6 Guest Lecture by Andrew Goldstone (43:26) Play Video
7 Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (cont.) (46:43) Play Video
8 Jack Kerouac, On the Road (47:48) Play Video
9 Jack Kerouac, On the Road (cont.) (45:52) Play Video
10 J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey (47:30) Play Video
11 John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse (49:11) Play Video
12 Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (49:28) Play Video
13 Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (50:01) Play Video
14 Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (50:56) Play Video
15 Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (46:52) Play Video
16 Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (cont.) (49:29) Play Video
17 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (50:13) Play Video
18 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (cont.) (40:20) Play Video
19 Philip Roth, The Human Stain (49:52) Play Video
20 Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.) (49:36) Play Video
21 Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.) (45:59) Play Video
22 Edward P. Jones, The Known World (50:58) Play Video
23 Edward P. Jones, The Known World (cont.) (46:44) Play Video
24 Students' Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (45:48) Play Video
25 Students' Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (cont.) (48:56) Play Video
26 Review for Final Exam (55:18) Play Video

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Fernando Mello wrote 8 years ago.
I am writing a final paper on "The Human Stain"
for my Literature course at USP (University of São
Paulo) and it is a very good surprise to find a video class
of such good quality to enlighten me on the subject. I will
definitely become a frequent user of this site.


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