General Exam Lists


Major Field I: 20th Century American Fiction

Special Topics:

➸ discourse on “nature” and “the natural”
➸ science fiction
➸ navigation and spatiality in the urban and suburban novel
➸ reflexivity and ekphrasis in early cinema
➸ cyberpunk as an expression of postmodernism

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Donnelly, Ignatius (1831-1901)

Alger, Horatio (1832-1899)

Twain, Mark (1835-1910)

Howells, William Dean (1837-1920)

Adams, Henry (1838-1916)

Bierce, Ambrose (1842-1914?)

James, Henry (1843-1916)

Riis, Jacob (1849-1914)

Bellamy, Edward (1850-1898)

Veblen, Thorstein (1857-1929)

Perkins Gilman, Charlotte (1860-1935)

Garland, Hamlin (1860-1940)

Cahan, Abraham (1860-1951)

Wharton, Edith (1862-1937)

McCay, Winsor (1867-1934)

Norris, Frank (1870-1902)

Crane, Stephen (1871-1900)

Dreiser, Theodore (1871-1945)

Chambless, Edgar (1871?-1936)

Cather, Willa (1873-1947)

Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946)

Burroughs, Edgar Rice (1875-1950)

London, Jack (1876-1916)

Anderson, Sherwood (1876-1941)

Sinclair, Upton (1878-1968)

Mencken, H.L. (1880-1956)

Gernsback, Hugo (1884-1967)

Hastings, Milo

Lewis, Sinclair (1885-1951)

Treadwell, Sophie (1885-1970)

O’Neill, Eugene (1888-1953)

Chandler, Raymond (1888-1959)

Lovecraft, H.P. (1890-1937)

Larsen, Nella (1891-1964)

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

Lynd, Robert (1892-1970) and Helen Lynd (1896-1982)

Hammett, Dashiell (1894-1961)

Toomer, Jean (1894-1967)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940)

Dos Passos, John (1896-1970)

Faulkner, William (1897-1962)

Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)

Weinbaum, Stanley G. (1902-1935)

Steinbeck, John (1902-1968)

West, Nathaneal (1903-1940)

Farrell, James T. (1904-1979)

Odets, Clifford (1906-1963)

Heinlein, Robert (1907-1988)

Wright, Richard (1908-1960)

Cantwell, Robert (1908-1978)

Welty, Eudora (1909-2001)

Williams, Tennessee (1911-1983)

Cheever, John (1912-1982)

van Vogt, A.E. (1912-2000)

William Burroughs (1914-1997)

Ellison, Ralph (1914-1994)

Tiptree, James (Alice Sheldon) (1915-1987)

Bellow, Saul (1915-2005)

Miller, Arthur (1915-2005)

Vance, Jack (1915- )

Percy, Walker (1916-1990)

Clarke, Arthur C. (1917-2008)

Sturgeon, Theodor (1918-1985)

Pohl, Frederik (1919- )

Salinger, J.D. (1919- )

Pohl, Frederik and C.M. Kornbluth (1923-1958 )

Bradbury, Ray (1920- )

Asimov, Isaac (1920-1992)

Blish, James (1921-1975)

Vonnegut, Kurt (1922-2007)

Heller, Joseph (1923-1999)

O’Connor, Flannery (1925-1964)

Richard Yates (1926-1992)

Edward Albee (1928- )

Dick, Philip K. (1928-1982)

LeGuin, Ursula K. (1929- )

Doctorow, E.L. (1931- )

Toni Morrison (1931- )

Updike, John (1932-2009)

McCarthy, Cormac (1933- )

Roth, Philip (1933- )

DeLillo, Don (1936- )

Pynchon, Thomas (1937- )

Russ, Joanna (1937- )

Carver, Raymond (1938-1988)

Benford, Gregory (1941- )

Crowley, John (1942- )

Delany, Samuel R. (1942- )

Millhauser, Steven (1943- )

Shepard, Sam (1943- )

Vinge, Vernor (1944- )

Kathy Acker (1947-1997)

Paul Auster (1947- )

Mamet, David (1947- )

Butler, Octavia (1947-2006)

Gibson, William (1948- )

Robinson, Kim Stanley (1952- )

Sterling, Bruce (1954- )

Stephenson, Neal (1959- )

Jeffrey Eugenides (1960- )

Chabon, Michael (1963- )

Hemon, Aleksandar (1964- )

Lethem, Jonathan (1964- )

Chang-Rae Lee (1965- )

Mark Danielewski (1966- )

Marcus, Ben (1967- )

Díaz, Junot (1968- )

Link, Kelly (1969- )