English N130D

American Literature 1900-1945

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2012 Goble, Mark
MTuTh 10-12 88 Dwinelle

Book List

Cather, Willa: The Professor's House; Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie; Eliot, T. S. : The Waste Land and Other Writings; Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury; Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby; Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises; Johnson, James Weldon: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; West, Nathanel: Miss Lonelyhearts and Day of the Locusts; Wharton, Edith: Age of Innocence


A survey of American literature tracing the literary response to the emerging shape of modern life in the first decades of the twentieth century.  We will read across a range of genres and styles to assess the particular influence of modernism and other experimental modes on writing of period, while also exploring the significance that realism and naturalism continued to hold for many U. S. authors.  We will be specifically concerned with how writers addressed such topics as national identity and racial difference; new psychologies of consciousness, emotion, and sexuality; high modernism and popular culture; class and cosmopolitanism; and the literary response to new mediums of information and entertainment.

This course will be taught in Session D, from July 2 to August 9.


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