20th Century American Literature

Jeremy C. Justus, 20th Century American Literature, Fall 2015

Course Description

Examines significant American writings published from 1900 to World War II, specifically American literature's response to two world wars, the introduction of narrative experimentation, economic booms and busts, the scientific revolution, political radicalism, the women's movement, the emergence of ethnic literatures, and the beginning of the nuclear age. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

* Campbell, Bill. Sunshine Patriots, written in 1999 and republished in 2013
* Charters, Ann (Ed.), The Portable Beat Reader, 1940s / 1950s / 1960s
* Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land (Critical Edition), 1922
* Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying, 1930
* Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises, 1926
* Kerouac, Jack. On the Road, 1957
* O’Connor, Flannery. A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories, 1955
* Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye, 1951
* Stein, Gertrude. Selected Writings, 1946
* Wright, Richard. Eight Men: Short Stories, 1940

Jeremy C. Justus, 20th Century American Literature, Fall 2012

Course Description

Examines significant American writings published from 1900 to World War II, specifically American literature's response to two world wars, the introduction of narrative experimentation, economic booms and busts, the scientific revolution, political radicalism, the women's movement, the emergence of ethnic literatures, and the beginning of the nuclear age. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

• Baker, Nicholson. The Mezzanine
• cummings, e. e. 100 Selected Poems
• Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly
• DeLillo, Don. Americana
• Euginedes, Jeffrey. Middlesex
• Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish
• Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1
• Ginsberg, Allen. Howl and Other Poems
• Kushner, Tony. Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
• Spiegleman, Art. In the Shadow of No Towers
• Wharton, Edit. House of Mirth

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