English 130D

American Literature: American Literature: 1900-1945

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2008 Best, Stephen M.
Best, Stephen
MWF 2-3 213 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Chesnutt, C.: The Conjure Woman; Dreiser, T.: Sister Carrie; Faulkner. W.: The Sound and the Fury; Fitzgerald, F.: The Great Gatsby; James, H.: The Portrait of a Lady; Johnson, J.: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; Norris, F.: McTeague; Ellison, R.: Invisible Man


This course will survey a range of significant works of American literature from the first half of the twentieth century, paying particular attention to literary form and technique ?- to formal innovation and style -- as responses to the experience of ?modernity.? My lectures will focus on questions of freedom and constraint, desire and drive, anomie and loss. Requirements will include two midterm take-home exams and a final.

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