The American Novel Since 1945

Yale Course , Spring 2008 , Prof. Amy Hungerford

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Introductions - Richard Wright, Black Boy - Flannery OConnor, Wise Blood - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita - Guest Lecture by Andrew Goldstone - Jack Kerouac, On the Road - J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey - John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse - Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 - Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye - Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior - Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping - Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian - Philip Roth, The Human Stain - Edward P. Jones, The Known World - Students Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Lecture 4: Flannery OConnor, Wise Blood (cont.) I

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        In this second lecture on Flannery OConnors Wise Blood, Professor Amy Hungerford continues to offer several specific contexts in which to read and understand the novel. Having used OConnors letters to delve into her theological commitments in the previous lecture, Professor Hungerford now explores the southern social context, particularly with respect to race and gender, and the New Critical writing program of which OConnor was a product. Hungerford finally suggests that OConnors writing illuminates the important—and perhaps undertheorized—link between the institutionalization of formal unity by the New Critics, and their strong religious influences.

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