Tag: Post World War II

Post War American Novel – Yale Syllabus

Richard Wright, Black Boy (American Hunger) (Harper Perennial Restored edition, 1993) 1945
Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 1949
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Vintage) 1955
Jack Kerouac, On the Road (Penguin) 1957
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey (Little, Brown) 1961
John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse (Anchor) 1963-68 (selections)
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (HarperCollins) 1967
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (Knopf) 1970
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (Vintage) 1976 (selections)
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (Picador) 1980
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (Vintage) 1985
Philip Roth, The Human Stain (Houghton Mifflin) 2000
Edward P. Jones, The Known World (Amistad) 2003
Jonathan Safran Foer,  Everything Is Illuminated (Mariner Books) 2005 (The student choice book for the class they had the podcast for, which was in 2008)

Course Number
ENGL 291

About the Course
In “The American Novel Since 1945” students will study a wide range of works from 1945 to the present. The course traces the formal and thematic developments of the novel in this period, focusing on the relationship between writers and readers, the conditions of publishing, innovations in the novel’s form, fiction’s engagement with history, and the changing place of literature in American culture. The reading list includes works by Richard Wright, Flannery O’Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, Jack Kerouac, J. D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy, Philip Roth and Edward P. Jones. The course concludes with a contemporary novel chosen by the students in the class.

Course Structure
This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2008

50 Greatest British writers since 1945 – List of, The Times Literary Supplement

1) Philip Larkin
2) George Orwell
3) William Golding
4) Ted Hughes
5) Doris Lessing
6) J.R.R. Tolkien
7) V.S. Naipaul
8) Muriel Spark
9) Kingsley Amis
10) Angela Carter
11) C.S. Lewis
12) Iris Murdoch
13) Salman Rushdie
14) Ian Fleming
15) Jan Morris
16) Roald Dahl
17) Anthony Burgess
18) Mervyn Peake
19) Martin Amis
20) Anthony Powell
21) Alan Sillitoe
22) John le Carre
23) Penelope Fitzgerald
24) Philippa Pearce
25) Barbara Pym
26) Beryl Bainbridge
27) J.G. Ballard
28) Alan Garner
29) Alasdair Gray
30) John Fowles
31) Derek Walcott
32) Kazuo Ishiguro
33) Anita Brookner
34) A.S. Byatt
35) Ian McEwan
36) Geoffrey Hill
37) Hanif Kureishi
38) Iain Banks
39) George MacKay Brown
40) A.J.P. Taylor
41) Isaiah Berlin
42) J.K. Rowling
43) Philip Pullman
44) Julian Barnes
45) Colin Thubron
46) Bruce Chatwin
47) Alice Oswald
48) Benjamin Zephaniah
49) Rosemary Sutcliff
50) Michael Moorcock


Here’s the Times link, published January 05, 2008:
The 50 greatest British writers since 1945
What better way to start the year than with an argument? The Times has decided to present you with a ranking of whom they consider the best postwar British writers, and are awaiting your responses