ENGL 213 E - Modernist Lit and Culture
Study of literature, philosophy, visual and performing arts, social criticism, and popular sciences of the Anglo-American Modern period (1880-1920), with attention to broad cultural issues. Course Information: Prerequisite: Completion of the Composition I requirement.
Modernism was the great age of literary experiment and innovation. Novelists and poets disrupted the very forms of their writing with competing points of view, stream-of-consciousness narration, free verse splattered across the page, and stories that flaunt the expectation of resolved endings. Seeming certainties of gender, race, class, peace and war, physics, and the human mind collapsed. Everything seemed on the edge of ending-or of beginning anew. Concentrating on English-language Modernism (roughly 1910-1940), we will read an assortment of more-or-less novels from high Modernism to detective novels, read a wide selection of poems, and watch Georges Melies, Charlie Chaplin, and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the screen-all amidst the larger Modernist scene of accelerated change in science, technology, psychology and, especially, painting, music, and dance. Students need no particular previous experience studying Modernism, but all students must be prepared to attend class regu
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Course Level: Undergraduate