Twentieth century american literature reading list

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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
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
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
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 Barbara

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
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
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 4th edition

The site provides a timeline, biography of authors and links to academic sites for particular authors.
Electronic Poetry Center, SUNY Buffalo.

The site includes 150 American poets. – The Academy of American Poets

This site provides biography and links to resources on American poets.

American Dramatists

The site includes biography and links to resources on E. O’Neill and T. Williams.

The Mississippi Writers Page – University of Mississippi

A very good site to start on W. Faulkner

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.

Note: ‘p’ stands for poetry & ‘d’ for drama

Realism and Naturalism (1900-1914)

  1. Edith Wharton

  2. Jack London
  3. Theodore Dreiser

  4. Ellen Glasgow

  5. Willa Cather

  6. W.E.B.Du Bois

  7. James Weldon Johnson

Modernism (1914-1945)
  1. Ernest Hemingway

  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald

  3. Gertrude Stein/p

  4. T. S. Eliot/p

  5. Ezra Pound/p

  6. Hart Crane/p

  7. William C. Williams /p

  8. H.D.[Hilda Doolittle]/p

  9. e. e. cummings/p

  10. Alain Locke

  11. Langston Hughes

  12. Zora Neale Hurston

  13. Eugene O’Neill

  14. Susan Glaspell

  15. William Faulkner

  16. Eudora Welty

  17. Michael Gold

  18. John Steinbeck

  19. Sinclair Lewis

  20. John Dos Passos

  21. Thornton Wilder/d

  22. Clifford Odets/d

  23. Lillian Hellman/d

  24. Tennessee Williams/d

  25. Arthur Miller/d

  26. Edward Albee/d

  27. Allen Ginsberg/p

  28. Catherine Anne Porter

  29. Eudora Welty

  30. Jack Kerouac/p

  31. William Burroughs/p

  32. Adrienne Rich/p

  33. Richard Wright

Experimentation (since 1945)

  1. Flannery O’Connor

  2. Ralph Ellison

  3. Lorraine Hansberry/d

  4. James Baldwin

  5. Toni Morrison

  6. Alice Walker

  7. Amiri Baraka/p

  8. Maya Angelou

  9. Ishmael Reed

  10. Philip Roth

  11. Saul Bellow

  12. Bernard Malamud

  13. Isaac Bashevis Singer

  14. N. Scott Momaday

  15. Louise Erdrich

  16. Leslie Marmon Silko

  17. Maxine Hong Kingston

  18. Joyce Carol Oates

  19. E.L. Doctorow

  20. Vladimir Nabokov

  21. John Cheever

  22. J.D. Salinger

  23. John Barth

  24. Norman Mailer

  25. Irwin Shaw

  26. John Updike

  27. Thomas Pynchon

  28. Joseph Heller

  29. Kurt Vonnegut

  30. Sam Shepard/d

  31. August Wilson/d

  32. Marsha Norman/d

  33. David Mamet/d

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