Reading List 6: American Literature From 1865

Faculty Committee: Stephanie Batiste, Yunte Huang, Mark Maslan, Christopher Newfield, Candace Waid

It is assumed that students taking the qualifying examination in American Literature from 1865 will be familiar not only with the following primary texts but also with the principle critical and interpretive issues concerning these texts and the period as a whole. Students are thus encouraged to read widely in the relevant secondary literature.

Choose 35 items from the list below in consultation with your examiner. The Poetry Selections are required. Students should choose at least three texts from each section (1865 – WWI; WWI – 1965; 1965 – present). You must submit your choices to the field examiner by the first Friday of the Spring Term.

Figures and selections marked with an asterisk (*) are digitized and available online, consult with the Staff Graduate Adviser.

1865 – World War I

1. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

2. Henry James, Portrait of a Lady

3. Kate Chopin, The Awakening

4. Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

5. W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington (Selections in Drop Box)*

6. Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (not Cather’s ed.); Dunnet Landing stories: “A Dunnet Shepherdess,” “The Queen’s Twin,” “The Foreigner,” “William’s Wedding” (in Drop Box*)

7. Charles Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales and/or The House behind the Cedars

8. Willa Cather, My Antonia

9. Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie

10. Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth and/or The Age of Innocence

World War I – 1965

11. Modern Poetry, Poetics, & Poetic Prose (selections): H. Crane, Cullen, H.D., Eliot, Frost, Hughes, Moore, Pound, Stein, Stevens, Williams (Box)*

12. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

13. Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises and/or, In Our Time

14. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury and/or, Absalom Absalom!

15. Jean Toomer, Cane

16. Richard Wright, Native Son

17. Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

18. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

19. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

1965 – present

20. Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet and/or, Herzog

21. Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night

22. James Baldwin, Go Tell it to the Mountain and/or Giovanni’s Room

23. Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

24: Post-War Poetry Selections: John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Creeley, Rita Dove, Allen Ginsberg, Jorie Graham, Robert Hayden, Joy Harjo, Audre Lorde, Robert Lowell, Frank O’Hara, Charles Olson, George Oppen, Simon Ortiz, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich (Box)*

25. Philip Roth, American Pastoral and/or Goodbye Columbus

26. Toni Morrison, Beloved and/or Sula

27. Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

28. Louise Erdrich, Tracks and/or The Round House

29. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

30. Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony and/or Almanac of the Dead

31. Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

32. Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

33. Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian

34. Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek and/or The House on Mango Street

35. Flannery O’Conner, Everything That Rises Must Converge; selected stories (Box*)

36. David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and/or Infinite Jest

37. Theresa Cha, DICTEE

38. John Rechy, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez and/or City of Night

39. Alejandro Morales, The Rag Doll Plagues

40. Americo Paredes, George Washington Gomez

41. Don DeLillo, White Noise

42. Deborah Miranda, Bad Indians