English 147 - Fall, 2017

American Literature 1945-present

Class Information

Instructor: Thomas, George
CRN: 63231
Time: TR 3:10-4:30
Location: 106 Olson


    Working through novels, short stories, and poetry, this course traces a path through several important shifts in American literature since 1945: the immense social changes wrought by the Second World War, the emergence of new voices in a rapidly changing literary canon, and the fuzzy paradigms of postmodern and contemporary literature.


    Participation, reading responses, two essays, a midterm and a final exam.


    Nine Stories (Little, Brown, and Co.), J.D. Salinger
    The Crying of Lot 49 (Harper Modern Classics, Thomas Pynchon
    The Bell Jar (Harper Modern Classics) , Sylvia Plaith
    Beloved (Vintage) , Toni Morrison
    All the Pretty Horses (Vintage) , Cormac McCarthy
    A course reader including: John Barth, James Baldwin, Joan Didion, Phillip K. Dick, Amari Baraka, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, Junot Díaz, and Yiyun Le.