English R1B

Reading & Composition: The Southernization of America : The 1930s to the 1950s

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2008 No instructor assigned yet.
MWF 11-12 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

James Agee and Walker Evans, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury; Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; A course reader including work by Langston Hughes, Flannery O�Connor, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and Eudora Welty


"In 1927, the Mississippi River flooded some 27,000 square miles of American heartland, displacing hundreds of thousands of Southerners. Two years later, the stock market bottomed out and triggered the Great Depression. These national catastrophes provided a reason for the region to break with its agrarian past and explore progressive reforms. As rural Southerners moved to cities in record numbers, they brought their culture with them, a culture that was picked up by new neighbors and disseminated more broadly than ever before. Southern culture had become national culture.

This introduction to college writing and argument explores the Southernization of America from the 1930s to the 1950s. We�ll read a good deal of fiction and poetry alongside manifestos, documentary photography, music, and film. Our course material will help us ask questions about the relations between history and memory, race and nation, art and politics�themes you will explore in an eight to ten page research paper analyzing a cultural document of your choice. This is a writing-intensive course, so you will also complete two shorter essays, and we�ll spend much of our time discussing how to improve your research and composition skills."

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