The American Novel Since 1945

Yale Course , Spring 2008 , Prof. Amy Hungerford

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Overview

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 6: Guest Lecture by Andrew Goldstone

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        In this guest lecture, Teaching Fellow Andrew Goldstone provides us with some key concepts for understanding Modernism and Nabokovs relation in particular to his literary forebears T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust. Positing the "knights move" as a description of Nabokovs characteristically indirect, evasive style, Goldstone argues that Nabokovs parodies of modernist form in fact reveal his deep commitment to some of the same aesthetic principles. While the knights move often indicates a playful attitude towards tradition, it also betrays a traumatic rupture with the past, reflecting a sense of exile that links Nabokovs art with the violence of Lolitas protagonist, Humbert.

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