Department of English
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
2202618 The Modern American Novel
Office: BRK 1106.1
Office Hours: W 1–3 and by appointment
Phone: 0 2218 4703
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What is so modern about modern America? We will be exploring the aesthetic and social concerns that shape the novels of the United States from the early twentieth century to the present. With jazz, the transcontinental railroad, two World Wars, Einstein's theory of relativity, and a depression, the horizons of America has expanded through incoming new ideas and immigrants and outgoing expats and journeys abroad. How have novelists created their textual world in such a setting?
We meet Tuesdays 1–4 p.m.
are 6 reading responses and a
10-page final paper, also student-led discussions and presentations.
Syllabus (Word file)
|Books on Modernism||
Bell, Bernard W. The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987. (IIC American St. 813.009896 BA)
Berman, Ronald. Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the Twenties. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2001.
Bradbury, Malcolm. The Modern American Novel. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1992.
Bradbury, Malcolm, and James McFarlane, eds. Modernism: 1890–1930. New York: Penguin, 1976.
Chase, Richard. The American Novel and Its Tradition. New York: Doubleday, 1957. (CL 813.09 C487A, Arts PS371 C487A)
Elliott, Emory, ed. The Columbia History of the American Novel. New York: Columbia UP, 1991. (IIC American St. 813.009 CE )
Hoffman, Michael, and Patrick Murphy, eds. Essentials of the Theory of Fiction. Duke.
Kalaidjian, Walter, ed. The Cambridge Companion to American Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005.
Lee, Brian. American Fiction, 1865–1940. London : Longman, 1992.
Matthews, Steven. Modernism. London: Arnold, 2004.
Minter, David. A Cultural History of the American Novel: Henry James to William Faulkner. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996.
Perkins, George, ed. The Theory of the American Novel. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. (IIC American St. 808.3 PT)
Rainey, Lawrence, ed. Modernism: An Anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.
Rhodes, Chip . Structures of the Jazz Age: Mass culture, Progressive Education, and Racial Discourse in American Modernism. London : Verso, 1998.
Wagner-Martin, Linda. The Modern American Novel, 1914–1945: A Critical History. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1990. (IIC American St. 813.5209 WM)
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. (library has 6th ed.)
Roget's International Thesaurus. 6th ed. Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer. New York: Harper, 2001. (library has 3rd ed.)
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003.
Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 20 vols. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.
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