The American Novel Since 1945 (ENGL 291) In this lecture at the midpoint of the course Professor Hungerford takes stock of the syllabus thus far and to come by laying out her guiding thesis of the Identity Plot, a rubric for understanding novels in the twentieth century as, she argues, the Marriage Plot is a rubric for understanding novels in the nineteenth century. Referring to examples throughout the syllabus, but especially Maxine Hong Kingston's Woman Warrior, Hungerford describes the overriding tendency of American novels written after 1945 to explore the tension between individual and collective identities and to interrogate the artistic and political stakes of competing notions of authenticity. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Course Thesis: The Identity Plot 26:04 - Chapter 2. The Roles of Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction 31:12 - Chapter 3. Multiple Forms of Identity 39:43 - Chapter 4. Definition Through Delimitation: The End of Identity and the Rise of History Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2008.
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