English 190

Research Seminar: Manifesto Modernism


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
11 Fall 2014 Bernes, Jasper
TTh 2-3:30 206 Wheeler

Book List

Agee, James and Evans, Walker: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; Marx, Karl and Engels, Friedrich: The Communist Manifesto; McKay, Claude: Banjo; Williams, W. C.: Spring and All

Description

This course will examine modernist prose and poetry in English from the perspective of a particularly modern genre of writing, the manifesto. By exploring the literary qualities of the manifesto as well as the manifesto-like qualities of modernist literary form, we will think about what these pronouncements and declarations share with the wider intellectual and political culture of the early 20th century. What is the relationship between modernist visions of cultural renewal and the political manifestos and programs of the same period? To what extent might we think of modernism as a form of cultural "planning" analogous to the economic and social planning of the era?

Authors read will include Mina Loy, Claude McKay, Laura Riding, William Carlos Williams, and others.

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