Is anyone interested in working through a free class on American Literature since 1945 book club style?
posted by shothotbot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:24 PM (62 comments total)
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Professor Amy Hungerford's class "The American Novel Since 1945"
is one of those on Open Yale. That means that the syllabus
and all the lectures
are available for free online, in text, audio and video format. I would like to work through the books and accompanying lectures and would like some company.
There are 14 books and 26 lectures. For the sake of having something concrete to discuss, what I propose is to read a book a month and listen to the associated lectures before the first Wednesday of the month then discuss online. Perhaps the discussions could be on library thing or some other forum. I am actually open to meeting in person in NYC and can host a dozen people or so, though I should not commit to a years worth of meetings before talking to the long-suffering Mrs. HotBot.
This is not to take anything away from the other metafilter book club, but I thought this might attract a different audiance and I like the structure the class would provide.
The books are: Richard Wright, Black Boy
) 1945; Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
, 1949; Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
, 1955; Jack Kerouac, On the Road,
1957; J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
, 1961; John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse
(selections) 1963-68 ; Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
, 1967; Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
, 1970; Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
, 1976 (selections); Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
, 1980; Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
, 1985; Philip Roth, The Human Stain
, 2000; Edward P. Jones, The Known World
, 2003; Students' Choice Novel for Spring, 2008: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated