Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG364Y1Y L5101

ENG364Y1Y   L5101   W6-9
Twentieth-Century American Literature
Dr. S. Rayter 
Office Location: University College, Room A303

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 (8th ed. 2012. 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 Few Authors/Texts: Cather, James, Wharton, Chopin.

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Mid-term test (25%); essay (35%); exam (30%); participation (10%).

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