|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Reading List 6: American Literature From 1865
Stephanie Batiste, Yunte Huang, Mark Maslan, Christopher Newfield, Candace Waid
Notes and Resources
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
- Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Henry James, Portrait of a Lady
- Kate Chopin, The Awakening
- Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
- W.E.B. Dubois and Booker T. Washington (Selections in Drop Box)*
- 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*)
- Charles Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales and/or The House behind the Cedars
- Willa Cather, My Antonia
- Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie
- Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth and/or The Age of Innocence
World War I — 1965
- Modern Poetry, Poetics, & Poetic Prose (selections): H. Crane, Cullen, H.D., Eliot, Frost, Hughes, Moore, Pound, Stein, Stevens, Williams (Box)*
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises and/or, In Our Time
- William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury and/or, Absalom Absalom!
- Jean Toomer, Cane
- Richard Wright, Native Son
- Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
- Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
1965 — present
- Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler’s Planet and/or, Herzog
- Norman Mailer, Armies of the Night
- James Baldwin, Go Tell it to the Mountain and/or Giovanni’s Room
- Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
- 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)*
- Philip Roth, American Pastoral and/or Goodbye Columbus
- Toni Morrison, Beloved and/or Sula
- Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
- Louise Erdrich, Tracks and/or The Round House
- Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
- Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony and/or Almanac of the Dead
- Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
- Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem
- Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
- Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek and/or The House on Mango Street
- Flannery O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge; selected stories (Box*)
- David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and/or Infinite Jest
- Theresa Cha, DICTEE
- John Rechy, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez and/or City of Night
- Alejandro Morales, The Rag Doll Plagues
- Americo Paredes, George Washington Gomez
- Don DeLillo, White Noise
- Deborah Miranda, Bad Indians