Fall 2017 Undergraduate English Courses: Twentieth Century
358:345 Early Twentieth Century American Literature
01 TTH5 CAC 18489 GASKILL MU-115
This course will examine major works of fiction and poetry from one of the most exciting moments of American literary history, roughly the period between 1900 and 1945. This is the time of the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, avant-garde poetics, World War I, and the Great Depression; it is a period of astounding technological and cultural change that seemed to demand equally innovative forms of narration and poetic making. Our readings will likely include poems by T.S. Eliot, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes, and Wallace Stevens, and short stories and novels by Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Nella Larsen, and Willa Cather. Using the works of these authors, we will discuss what “modernism” means, how it relates to “modernity,” and whether these terms are adequate for describing literary production during this period.
Requirements: regular worksheets and quizzes, two essays, a final exam, and participation