Twentieth Century American List
20th Century American Literature List as taken from UPenn's reading list.
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message 1: by Leah (new)

Leah Hi, if this is still a criteria for the list, where is the UPenn list located? Thanks.


message 2: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 29, 2012 04:16PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? Neither 20th century or American! Is that one kosher, Matt?

ETA: The Fellowship of the Ring??? Last time I checked J.R.R. Tolkien was British.


message 3: by Charles M. (new)

Charles M. Rupert Leah wrote: "Hi, if this is still a criteria for the list, where is the UPenn list located? Thanks."

the list is on the UPenn website, look for the English department, grad studies, 50 book quiz, that's what I adapted it from.


message 4: by Charles M. (new)

Charles M. Rupert Susanna wrote: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? Neither 20th century or American! Is that one kosher, Matt?

ETA: The Fellowship of the Ring??? Last time I checked J.R.R. Tolkien was British."


I didn't add those. :)


message 5: by Leah (new)

Leah Matt wrote: "Leah wrote: "Hi, if this is still a criteria for the list, where is the UPenn list located? Thanks."

the list is on the UPenn website, look for the English department, grad studies, 50 book quiz, ..."


Matt, wasn't able to find it. Could you post a link?

On the other hand, does this criteria need to be expanded?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Mark, do you want me to remove the non-kosher ones?


message 7: by Charles M. (last edited Mar 31, 2012 03:57PM) (new)

Charles M. Rupert Here's the link:

http://www.english.upenn.edu/Grad/50b...

I'm not strict on sticking to the list per se; I constructed these lists to have a loose "cannon" of Literature to choose from. Basically this is UPenn's English Dept.'s idea of some "good reads."

What do you guys think about adding books? I'm open to it reserving the convention that these are "source" books (not books about books) AND as long as an argument can be made for literary inclusion.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If you decide you want anything removed, just tell me.


message 9: by Leah (last edited Apr 03, 2012 05:15AM) (new)

Leah I'm unopposed to veering from the UPenn list (and from the canon, even). It looks like there are a lot of books already here that aren't on the list.


message 10: by Charles M. (new)

Charles M. Rupert Leah, yeah, I don't get a notification when someone (and I guess anyone can) adds something.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Well, I'm mostly against stuff that isn't even American and 20th century!


message 12: by Charles M. (new)

Charles M. Rupert Susanna wrote: "Well, I'm mostly against stuff that isn't even American and 20th century!"

I second that completely.


message 13: by Leah (new)

Leah Susanna, I suppose the problem with doing away with the UPenn limitation will be differentiating this list from your own on 20th Century American Novels. I guess genre can be a difference here?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If you want to keep it to the Penn list, I can remove the other stuff, Charles. Just tell me what you want gone.


message 15: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass removed - 19th century, not written by an American, not set in America, and not on the UPenn list(though it is on their list for 19th century lit).

The Secret Life of Bees removed - 21st century and not on the UPenn list at all.


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