English N130D

American Literature: 1900-1945


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Summer 2011 Goble, Mark
Goble, Mark
MTuTh 10-12P 180 TAN

Other Readings and Media

Wharton, E.: The Age of Innocence; Johnson, James W.: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; Eliot, T. S.: The Waste Land and Other Writings; Hemingway, E.: The Sun Also Rises; Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; Cather, W.: The Professor's House; West, N.: Miss Lonelyhearts and the Day of the Locust; Wright, R.: Native Son

Description

A survey of American literature tracing the literary response to the emerging shape of modern life in the first decades of the twentieth century. We will read across a range of genres and styles to assess the particular influence of modernism and other experimental modes on writing of the period, while also exploring the significance that realism and naturalism continued to hold for many U. S. authors. We will be specifically concerned with how writers addressed such topics as national identity and racial difference; new psychologies of consciousness, emotion, and sexuality; “high” modernism and popular culture; class and cosmopolitanism; and the literary reaction to new mediums of information and entertainment.

This course is taught in Session A, from May 23 to July 1.


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