Exam topics in American literature (bbnan01300) Puritan Literature



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Exam topics in American literature (BBNAN01300)
Puritan Literature
William Bradford

John Winthrop

Anne Bradstreet

Michael Wigglesworth

Edward Taylor

Mary Rowlandson

Cotton Mather

Samuel Sewall

Jonathan Edwards
The Literary and Political Awakening
Benjamin Franklin

John Woolman

Thomas Paine

Thomas Jefferson

Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur

Philip Freneau



The Birth of American Fiction
Charles Brockden Brown

Washington Irving

James Fenimore Cooper
The American Renaissance

Edgar Allan Poe

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hermann Melville


Transcendentalism
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Henry David Thoreau

Margaret Fuller


Innovations in Poetry
Walt Whitman

Emily Dickinson

Henry W. Longfellow
Literature on Slavery and the Civil War
Harriet Beecher-Stowe

Harriet A. Jacobs

Frederick Douglass

Abraham Lincoln


Realism, Humor, Naturalism
Henry James

Mark Twain

Stephen Crane

Ambrose Bierce

Bret Harte
Chicago Renaissance and Modern Poetry

Edgar Lee Masters

Carl Sandburg

Hilda Doolittle

Harriet Monroe

Ezra Pound

T. S. Eliot

William Carlos Williams

Amy Lowell

Robert Frost


Lost generation
Sherwood Anderson

Gertrude Stein

Ernest Hemingway

William Faulkner

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Southern Gothic and Regionalism
William Faulkner

Carson McCullers

Flannery O’Connor

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

Willa Cather

John Steinbeck


Post-War poetry
Allen Ginsberg

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sylvia Plath

John Berryman

Robert Lowell

Charles Olson

Frank O’Hara

Adrienne Rich

Gwendolyn Brooks

Imamu Amiri Baraka

Rita Dove

Maya Angelou

Simon Ortiz

Sherman Alexie


20th century Drama
Susan Glaspell

Eugene O’Neill

Thornton Wilder

Arthur Miller

Tennessee Williams

Edward Albee


Postwar fiction I: war literature and cult novels
Norman Mailer

Joseph Heller

Kurt Vonnegut

Art Spiegelman

J.D. Salinger

Ken Kesey

Jack Kerouac

J. D. Salinger

Chuck Palahniuk
Postwar fiction II: new journalism, minimalism, postmodernism
John Cheever

John Updike

Truman Capote

Raymond Carver

Bobbie Ann Mason:

Ann Beattie

John Barth

Thomas Pynchon

Vladimir Nabokov

Donald Barthelme

Paul Auster
Postwar fiction III.: Multi-ethnic writing
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Bernard Malamud

Philip Roth

Art Spiegelman

Toni Morrison

Alice Walker

Ralph Ellison

Sherman Alexie

Leslie Marmon Silko

Gerald Vizenor

Louise Erdrich

Thomás Rivera

Sandra Cisneros

Amy Tan
Recommended textbooks and anthologies to prepare from for the oral exam (“kollokvium”):


Bollobás, Enikő. Az amerikai irodalom története. Budapest: Osiris, 2005.

Gray, Richard. A Brief History of the Literature of the United States. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.



Ruland, Richard and Malcolm Bradbury. From Puritanism to Postmodernism:A History of American Literature. Penguin, 1991.

Heritage of American Literature. Ed. James E. Miller, Jr. Vols. I-II. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.

The Cambridge History of American Literature. Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch, Cambridge UP, Cambridge, 1995. Vol. I-II.

The New Pelican Guide to English Literature: American Literature. Vol. 9. Ed. Boris Ford. Penguin, 1991.

The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Eds. W. Franklin, F. Murphy, H. Parker. New York: 1994.


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