English 100

Junior Seminar: Modernism--Theory and Practice

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Spring 2006 Liu, Sarah
MW 4-5:30 109 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness; Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land and Other Poems; Forster, E.M.: Howards End; Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God; James, Henry: Daisy Miller, The Turn of the Screw; Stevens, Wallace: The Palm at the End of the Mind; Yeats, W.B.: Selected Poems of W.B. Yeats


"""What are Master-pieces and why are there so few of them?"" asked Gertrude Stein in 1936. These basic questions of how to define literature, what it is for, what its function is, find new answers over time. This course follows the development of an Anglo-American Modernist aesthetic through the work of artist-critics, including Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, T.S. Eliot, and Wallace Stevens. What is the relationship between theory and practice, as demonstrated by these practitioners of both arts? How do ideas about literature influence form, characterization, imagery, genre, voice? How does new literary expression responding to cultural change influence our concept of literature? The selected texts also raise questions about identity, desire, race, gender, memory, culture, and the nature of modernity itself, illustrating how a discourse on poetics inevitably leads to a discourse on how we see ourselves and experience the world. "

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