English 130D

: American Literature: 1900-1945

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Snyder, Katherine
Snyder, Katherine
MWF 12-1 141 McCone

Other Readings and Media

"Readings for the course will include many, but not all, of the following (please wait until after the first class meeting to purchase your books):

Cahan, A.: The Rise of David Levinsky; Cather, W.: My Antonia; Faulkner, W.: The Sound and the Fury; Fitzgerald, F.S.: The Great Gatsby; Hughes, L: The Ways of White Folks; Johnson, J. W.: The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man; Larsen, N: Quicksand and Passing; Loos, A: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Wharton, E.: The House of Mirth; West, N: The Day of the Locust or Miss Lonelyhearts; plus a photocopied reader including shorter writings by many of the following: Mary Antin, Willa Cather, Countee Cullen, John Dos Passos, Theodore Dreiser, W.E.B. DuBois, Finley Peter Dunne, T.S. Eliot, Jessie Fauset, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jacob Riis, Frank Norris, Jack London, Gertrude Stein, Sui Sin Far, Jean Toomer, Anzia Yezierska "


We will read a diverse selection of writing, predominantly prose fiction, published in the first four decades of the twentieth century, a period of rapid urbanization, industrialization, and (im)migration that gave rise to such new cultural figures as The New Negro, the New Woman, and the New Immigrant. We will focus on issues of social, economic, and geographic mobility during the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, as it affected a wide array of American authors and fictional characters, including those who immigrated to the U.S., those who moved from one region to another or between country and city, and those who took up residence abroad. We will explore the plot trajectories and narrative stances that these authors deployed to map their own cultural identities, as well as those of their fictional creations, in the new American century.

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