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 9: Jack Kerouac, On the Road (cont.) I

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        In this second lecture on On The Road, Professor Hungerford addresses some of the obstacles and failures to the novels high ambitions for achieving American community through an immediacy of communication. Sal Paradises desire to cross racial boundaries, for example, seems ultimately more exploitative than expansive; Deans exuberant language of "Yes!" and "Wow!" devolves into meaningless gibberish. And yet the novels mystical vision of something called "America" persists, a cultural icon that continues to engage the interest of readers, scholars, and artists. Among these latter is the digital art collaborative Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, with whose online work DAKOTA Hungerford concludes the class.

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