English 246K

Graduate Pro-seminar: Literature in English, 1900-1945

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2007 Snyder, Katherine
Snyder, Katherine
TTh 12:30-2 305 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Readings are not yet finalized, but may include many of the following: Djuna Barnes: Nightwood; Willa Cather: Death Comes for the Archbishop; Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent; Ford Madox Ford: The Good Soldier; Forster: A Passage to India; F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby; T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land; Nella Larsen: Passing; Gertrude Stein: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas; Jean Toomer: Cane; Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway. There will also be a photocopied course reader containing poetry, essays, short fiction, and secondary theoretical and critical articles.


We will read widely in British and American literature of the first half of the twentieth century with an eye to the intersections between modernism and modernity. While attending closely to aesthetic and formal concerns, our discussions may also range among such topics as urbanism and regionalism; primitivism and cosmopolitanism; war, nationalism, and imperialism; immigration, migration, and expatriatism; coteries and collaboration; technology and the rise of celebrity culture; modern identity and its discontents; and the role of gender and race in the production of modern(ist) literature and culture. In addition to oral presentations and annotated bibliographies, students will be required to write two 10-12 page essays.

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