English 166

Special Topics: 1922


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2006 Blanton, Dan
TTh 3:30-5 141 Giannini

Other Readings and Media

Armstrong, L.: Selections from the Hot Fives; Carter, H.: The Tomb of Tutankhamen; Eliot, T.: The Waste Land; Joyce, J.: Ulysses; Kafka, F.: The Castle; Lang, F.: Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler; Lawrence, D.: Fantasia of the Unconscious; McKay, C.: Harlem Shadows; Murnau, F.: Nosferatu; Ogden, C.: The Meaning of Meaning; Pound, E.: The Little Review Calendar, Malatesta Cantos; Schoenberg, A.: Suite for Piano op. 25; Stein, G.: Geography and Plays; Wittgenstein, L.: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus; Woolf, V.: Jacob?s Room; Yeats, W.: Meditations in Time of Civil War

Description

The year 1922 (or Year 1, as Ezra Pound declared it) has long marked the central moment in histories of literary modernism: the date of Ulysses (published in February in Paris) and The Waste Land (published in October in London). But a number of other things happened in 1922: social, political, cultural, and intellectual events that would continue to reverberate globally for decades. This course will explore a few of those, seeking to grasp a literary moment and a historical moment simultaneously--and asking what (if anything) they have to do with each other. Along the way, we will read fiction, poetry, and some of the criticism that first accompanied each. We will also explore contemporaneous developments in other arts (music and painting, for example), trace the formal effects of new technologies and media (radio and film, most notably), and venture into the range of disciplines (anthropology, archaeology, economics, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology) that conspire to shape a modernist annus mirabilis.

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