English 45C

Mid 19th Through the 20th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2009 Hejinian, Lyn
Hejinian, Lyn
MW 3-4 + Discussion F 3-4 160 Kroeber

Other Readings and Media

Ramazani, J, et al: The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry (2 volumes); Stein, G.: Three Lives and Q.E.D.; James, H.: Turn of the Screw; Williams, W. C: Imaginations; Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway; Mullen, H: Sleeping with the Dictionary; Ngugi Wa Thiong’o: The River Between; Locke, A., ed.: The New Negro. In addition to these texts, a required reader will be available.


Intended as a general survey of imaginative responses to the not always positive progress of modernity, this course will examine works produced by an array of prominent figures and representatives of some of the principal Modernist and Postmodern movements, and / or events. We will begin with the rise of Realism in the mid 19th century and finish the course with works in experimental modes of the almost immediate present. The Armory Show, Imagism, Surrealism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Movement, the Black Arts Movement, and Language Writing are among the cultural moments we will experience along the way.

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