WEEK 1: Discussion of seminar work, grading policy and exams
WEEK 2: E. Hemingway, “Hills like White Elephants”, Heath Anthology, 2nd edition, vol. II
WEEK 3: F.S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
WEEK 4: Modernist Poetry: from Heath and Norton Anthologies
G. Stein: “Susie Asado”, from “Tender Buttons”
E. Pound: “In a Station of the Metro”, “A Few Don’ts”
W. C. Williams: “The Red Wheelbarrow”, “These”, “Spring and All”, “The Great Figure”
WEEK 5: Z. N. Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chapter 2 and 3, Norton Anthology, 3rd edition, vol. II, p. 1438, or 4th edition, vol. II, p. 1428
WEEK 6: E. O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Norton Anthology, 3rd edition, vol. II, p. 1303
WEEK 7: W. Faulkner, Absalom! Absalom! (multiple copies in the library)
WEEK 8: T. Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, Norton Anthology, 3rd edition, vol. II, p. 1820
WEEK 9: L. Erdrich, “Saint Marie” from Love Medicine in Heath Anthology, 2nd edition, vol. II or from multiple copies in the library
WEEK 10: T. Morrison, Beloved (multiple copies in the library) (film)
WEEK 11: T. Morrison, Beloved (continued)
WEEK 12: D. DeLillo, from White Noise, Chapter 6, 9, 10 & 21 (p.109-123), (multiple copies in the library)
Outline of American Literature http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oal/oaltoc.htm A very useful hyperlinked site on the history of American Literature created by American Informational Agency, gives interesting information on various trends such as traditionalism, neoclassism, Midwestern Realism, etc. Key Sites on American Literature http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/oal/amlitweb.htm A collection of the most comprehensive sites on American Literature maintained at American colleges and universities, compiled by the Department of State International Information programs. American Studies Web http://crossroads.georgetown.edu/webcourses.html#lit This page points to sites on the Internet dealing with American literature and History, it contains essays, syllabi, bibliographies, reviews, online journals, analysis of online texts. Alan Liu's Voice of the Shuttle at University of California, Santa Barbarahttp://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp
The earliest and probably largest list of links on humanitarian topics.
Kingwood College Library. American Cultural History: the 20th century.
A Webguide for each decade of the 20th century, providing historical and cultural background. American Authors on the Web http://lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/AmeLit.html A very good hyperlinked site on American authors founded in a 1996, it presents a chronological listing of almost 800 authors and included the authors’ short biographies, works, critical essays, etc.
The Internet Public Library
Online literary criticism collection. American literature: 20th century. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 6th edition, vol.D: 1914-1945; vol.E: since 1945
http://www.norton.com/ The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 4th edition
Internet School Library Media Center (ISLMC) African American Writers Page. On-line e-texts.
A wealth of electronic texts by African-American writers and extensive bibliography of literary criticism about them.
African-American Writers: A Celebration at Middle Tennessee State University
Meta-site including links to many general resources, as well as to individual African-American writers.
Voices from the Gaps. Women Writers of Color at the University of Minnesota
A major site on North American women writers from different ethnic backgrounds.
Storytellers: Native-American Authors On-line
A site dedicated to Native-American writers.
The Literary Encyclopedia and Literary Dictionary
The site provides author profiles, text profiles and topic essays in a series of user-friendly indexed databases. Links to other useful resources can be found at the foot of each entry.
Postmodernism is/in Fiction
A site dedicated to the exploration of contemporary writers. Original essays and links on Acker, Auster, DeLillo, Marquez, Gibson, Hagedom, Morrison, Powers, Pynchon, Reed, and Rushdie. Grading policy:
The grading is based on continuous assessment. It consists of 5 components, each bringing a number of points. The maximum points are 100. The pass level is 60 points.
Class participation: 10 points
Oral presentation: 10 points
Project “The reception of 20th century American writers in Bulgaria”: 10 points
Mid-term quiz: 20 points
Final exam: 50 points
Project “The reception of 20th century American writers in Bulgaria”:
Choose one of the following authors. Your task is to find all works by the author of your choice translated in Bulgarian, and all critical works (reviews, articles) about that author in Bulgarian. Include all necessary information concerning name of author/s, publisher, year of publishing, place of publishing. The best place to start is the catalogue of the National Library. Please, present your results in a neat, typed form or in electronic form - on a floppy disk. The deadline for the project – last week of the semester.