"Lec 23 - Edward P. Jones, The Known World (cont.)" The American Novel Since 1945 (ENGL 291) In this second lecture on The Known World, Professor Hungerford addresses Edward P. Jones's ambitious and ambivalent relation to literacy. Jones shows us the power of narrative to bring together the fragmentation of the world, but is at the same time deeply aware of the fragility of text, all of the ways it can be destroyed, misinterpreted, abused, or lost. The son of an illiterate mother, Jones--who, it seems, composed and memorized large portions of The Known World before setting anything down in print--models a form of literary self-consciousness infused with the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom that is unique among contemporary novels. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Meditations on the Difficulty of Writing: The Right-to-Left Directionality of Creation 13:43 - Chapter 2. The Fragile Power of Text: Insubstantiality of Freedom 20:45 - Chapter 3. The Complicity of Creation 24:58 - Chapter 4. The Durability of Plastic Arts: Augustus's Carving and Alice's Weaving 33:32 - Chapter 5. Edward P. Jones's Authorial Project: Weaving Unity into the Fragmented Modern Narrative 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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Lec 2 - Richard Wright, Black Boy
Lec 3 - Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
Lec 4 - Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (cont.)
Lec 5 - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Lec 6 - Guest Lecture by Andrew Goldstone
Lec 7 - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (cont.)
Lec 8 - Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Lec 9 - Jack Kerouac, On the Road (cont.)
Lec 10 - J. D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
Lec 11 - John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse
Lec 12 - Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49
Lec 13 - Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Lec 14 - Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Lec 15 - Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
Lec 16 - Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping (cont.)
Lec 17 - Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian
Lec 18 - Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (cont.)
Lec 19 - Philip Roth, The Human Stain
Lec 20 - Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.)
Lec 21 - Philip Roth, The Human Stain (cont.)
Lec 22 - Edward P. Jones, The Known World
Lec 24 - Students' Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Lec 25 - Students' Choice Novel: Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (cont.)