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Unformatted text preview: San José State University Department of English and Comparative Literature ENGLISH 166: American Literature 1945 - Now Instructor: Prof. Alan Soldofsky Office Location: FO 106 Telephone: 408-924-4432 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: M T W 3:00 – 4:30 PM, Class Days/Time: T 7:00 – 9:45 PM Classroom: Sweeny Hall 229 Course Content /Goals If there is a storyline to American literature since 1945, it is the inclusion of an ever-increasing diversity of styles and voices, representing the lives and visions of Americans who had not previously been included in the literary canon. In ENGL 166 we will begin with the era of cultural disillusionment and conformity after World War Two. We will read selected works of American drama, essay, fiction, and poetry beginning with the post-War literature of cultural dissidence and the Beats. We will continue our tour reading the literature of anxiety and introspection associated with the advent of “black humor” and confessionalism in the early sixties, into the literature of protest and activism of the sixties and early seventies. We will explore the emergence of Postmodernism, looking at works that incorporate science fiction, the absurd, and the fantastic. We will also explore works that employ various styles of realism— particularly minimalism—to represent lives of working class men and women. We will explore the rise of the literature of identity, legitimating the experience of the marginalized—women and ethnic/racial minorities—through complex literary treatment. We will read works that emerged in the eighties and nineties in which non-standard English is transformed into literary language, to contest with standard literary forms. We conclude with examples of twenty-first century Postmodernism, as it emerged after the bombing of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11. In short, our readings in American literature 1945 to Now will trace a path that leads from the Beats to the Postmodernism of the twenty-first century. Required Texts REQUIRED: Heller, Joseph. Catch-22 . Simon & Schuster (paper). ISBN: 0684833395. Johnson, Denis. Jesus' Son. Picador (paper) ISBN: 031242874X. Klinkowitz, Jerome and Patricia B. Wallace. Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. E. (Seventh ed., paper). ISBN: 0393927431. Saunders, George. In Persuasion Nation . Riverhead (paper) ISBN: 159448242X Soldofsky, Alan. ENGL 166 Course Reader (paper)—order online from University Readers . Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat's Cradle . Dell (paper). ISBN: 038533348X. Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers . Picador (paper). ISBN: 0312424647. RECOMMENDED: See extra-credit reading list (accessible on the class Google Group )....
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