English R1A

Reading and Composition: High Modernism and its Others

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Spring 2005 Charles Sumner
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:00 78 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

"Dostoevsky, Fyodor - Notes from the Underground

Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man

Ford, Madox - The Good Soldier

Hemingway, Ernest - The Sun Also Rises

Rhys, Jean - Good Morning, Midnight

Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse.

There will also be a course reader including several short stories and poems. "


"In this class we will spend time acquainting ourselves with some of the literary works known as 'high modernist' and the orthodox critical views of what it means to be high modern. Once we have a good idea of what this term means, we will try to develop a sense of the peripheral modernisms that simultaneously employ the aesthetic innovations of high modernism while challenging the dominant ideological attitudes that hang their hats on these innovations. Specifically, we will investigate the possibility of defining distinctly feminist and African-American modernisms.

This class is intended to focus on developing the students' capacity for analytical thinking and improving their composition skills. In fact, the course will be intensively if not tediously focused on writing. "

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