Contemporary American Fiction II examines major developments in literary expression and their relations to broader cultural and political developments in the second half of the 20th century. The goal here is to gain a deeper understanding of the period and its literary products by analyzing the ways in which significant literary texts embody and reflect the changing concerns of the Americans.
- Week 1 - Salinger and The Catcher in the Rye
- Week 2 - The Catcher in the Rye and Post-War Society
- Week 3 - The Catcher in the Rye
- Week 4 - Sylvia Plath and The Bell Jar
- Week 5 - The Bell Jar
- Week 6 - The Bell Jar
- Week 7 - Mid-term Exam
- Week 8 - Carson McCullers and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
- Week 9 - Southern Gothic and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
- Week 10 - The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
- Week 11 - Raymond Carver and "Why Don't You Dance?"
- Week 12 - Philip K. Dick and "The Hanging Stranger"
- Week 13 - Ray Bradbury and "Kaleidoscope"
- Week 14 - Final Exam