Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG364Y1Y  L5101  W6-9
American Literature Since 1900
Professor Scott Rayter

Brief Description of Course: Examining a variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, drama, life-writing, and criticism, we will look at how a number of American writers’ works reflect national and individual concerns with freedom and identity. How does national identity come to be expressed in various literary periods and movements in the Twentieth Century, particularly in relation to race, gender, and sexuality?

Required Reading: We will be using the Norton Anthology of American Literature (9th ed. 2016. Package II, Vols. C, D, & E), and studying such writers as Cather, James, Wharton, Chopin, Du Bois, Washington, Larsen, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, W.C. Williams, Frost, Faulkner, O’Connor, Welty, T. Williams, Baldwin, Ginsberg, Plath, O’Hara, P. Parker, Albee, Mukherjee, Carver, Moore, and others. The Norton will be available at UofT Bookstore. Other readings will be available on Blackboard.

First Three Authors/Texts: Cather, James, Wharton, Chopin. 

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Mid-term test (20%); one essay per term (20% each); exam (30%); participation (10%).

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