Great American NovelFew literary terms are more hotly debated, discounted, or derided than the "Great American Novel." But while critics routinely dismiss the phrase as at best hype and as at worst exclusionary, the belief that a national literature commensurate with both the scope and the contradictions of being American persists. In this podcast Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt examine totemic works such as Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Toni Morrison's Beloved that have been labeled GANs, exploring their themes, forms, and reception histories, asking why, when, and how they entered the literary canon. Readers beware: there be spoilers here, and other hijinks ensue... greatamericannovel.buzzsprout.com
🎧 Podcast episodesListen to 21 episodes
70 minutes · 1 month ago
Episode 20: Cracking Through the Scrub with THE YEARLING
64 minutes · 2 months ago
Episode 19: Riding the Rocket with Thomas Pynchon's GRAVITY'S RAINBOW
64 minutes · 2 months ago
Riding the Rocket with Thomas Pynchon's GRAVITY'S RAINBOW
52 minutes · 4 months ago
Episode 18: We Want to Fly Away with Chopin's THE AWAKENING
63 minutes · 5 months ago
Ep 17: Pursuing the Picaro in Saul Bellow's THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH
80 minutes · 6 months ago
Episode 16: Classics of American Noir
81 minutes · 8 months ago
Searching for the Ghost of Tom Joad in John Steinbeck's THE GRAPES OF WRATH
101 minutes · 10 months ago
Episode 14: Ride into the sun--Cormac McCarthy's BLOOD MERIDIAN
65 minutes · 11 months ago
Homing in on the Prairie with Willa Cather's My Ántonia
89 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 12: Hitting the Road with LOLITA
85 minutes · 1 year ago
The Everyday Ecstasy of Marilynne Robinsone's GILEAD
92 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 10: Finding the Lost Generation in Hemingway's THE SUN ALSO RISES
82 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 9: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
74 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 8: Beloved and Ghosts of the Past, the Present, and Possibly the Future
96 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 7–All that Jazz: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
69 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 6: Watching the Horizon in THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
83 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 5: Blending Black and White in ABSALOM, ABSALOM!
68 minutes · 1 year ago
Episode 4: Returning to THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
84 minutes · 2 years ago
Episode 3: Seeing Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN Clearly
80 minutes · 2 years ago
Episode 2: Diving with MOBY DICK
43 minutes · 2 years ago
Definitions and Debates: What Exactly is a GAN?
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