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Rodica Mihaila TITLE OF COURSE: Contemporary American Literature – since 1945 2nd YEAR American Studies A ; 3rd YEAR English B (American literature and culture) - Spring Semester 2011
READING LIST (Underlined titles are mandatory) FICTION • Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (Prologue, Chapter 1)* (optional for 3rd Year B) • Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find (“The Life You Save May Be Your Own)* (optional) • Saul Bellow, One of the following: Seize the Day*; Humboldt’s Gift, Henderson the Rain King • Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night (Part I: 5,6)*; The Gospel According to the Son (Optional) • John Updike, “Separating”*; One of the Rabbit novels (optional) • John Barth, The Floating Opera. Lost in the Fun House (Life Story)* -optional • Thomas Pynchon, “ Entropy”*, Crying of Lot 49 (optional) • Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five - John Irving, The World According to Garp (optional) • Raymond Carver, Cathedral (“A Small, Good Thing”) in Heath Anthology • Toni Morrison, One of the following novels: Beloved, Song of Solomon, Sula. • Anne Tyler, Accidental Tourist (optional) • Amy Tan. The Joy Luck Club (“Two Kinds”*) • Leslie Marmon Silko, “Lullaby”* ; Ceremony (optional) • Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine or Track (optional) • Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera (chapter 3, chapter 7) in Heath Anthology • Don De Lillo. Mao II (optional only for 3rd year B) • Cormac McCarthy. The Road • Jonathan Franzen, Corrections (Optional) • Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Optional) * To be found in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, vol.2 (Nina Baym et al, eds.) POETRY* Robert Lowell, Skunk Hour; Robert Frost; For the Union Dead; Gwendolyn Brooks, A Song in the Front Yard; kitchenette building; The Leaders Sylvia Plath, Blackberrying; The Applicant; Lady Lazarus; Ariel; Daddy Allen Ginsberg, Howl (I); A Supermarket in California Robert Bly, Afternoon Sleep; Come with Me; Poem in ThreeParts.(optional) W.S.Merwin, The Drunk in the Furnace; The Last One (optional) John Ashbery, Paradoxes and Oxymorons; Introduction. • Adrienne Rich, Snapshots of a Daughter-in Law; Twenty-One Love Poems (XI, XVIII) ; Diving into the Wreck;The Roofwalker(optional) * All poems to be found in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, vol.2, The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry DRAMA • • • • • • •
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire* – in Norton Anthology Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman* (in Norton) (optional) Edward Albee, The Sand Box (in Heath Anthology) (optional) David Mamet, House of Games (in Norton) (optional only for 3rd year B)