English R1B

Reading and Composition: Canonical and African-American Modernism

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
10 Fall 2004 Charles Sumner
TTH 3:30-5 204 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway, E.), Invisible Man (Ellison, R.), Passing (Larsen, N.), The Passion (Winterson, J.)


In this class we will explore some of the unique challenges posed by modernist literature. Then we will explore the relationship between canonical modernism and African-American literature of the first half of the twentieth century. Further, we will try to decide to what degree certain postmodernist texts inherit a modernist aesthetic and to what degree these texts strike out in new and original directions. In the process, we will reflect on how we might assign meaning to these new developments.

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