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ENGL 451 1G - American Literary Modernism

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


American literature in the age of Modernism includes some of the most influential and provocative writing in the nation's history. American writers responded to a series of upheavals including changing gender and race relations, World War I, the "Roaring Twenties," and the Great Depression by pursuing both boundary-breaking themes and revolutionary experiments in form. Readings will include a generous selection from such writers as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker, Anita Loos, William Faulkner, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Dashiell Hammett, D'Arcy McNickle, Carson McCullers, and many others. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

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This course will sample American literary writing from between the world wars, closely studying individual writings and their roles in literary and cultural tradition. Along the way, we will ponder literary responses to changing gender and race relations, World War I, the roaring twenties, and the Great Depression. We will also consider the growth of Modernism and its revolutions in literary form as well as the relation between experiments in literary form and the era-s social and political conservatisms and radicalisms. We will read work by some of the most celebrated writers in American literature-Ernest Hemingway (short stories), F. Scott Fitzgerald (short stories), William Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury), and Robert Frost-as well as equally amazing work by less canonized or more recently canonized writers, including Nella Larsen-s Passing, Dorothy Parker-s short stories, Anita Loos-s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, short fiction by Bruce Nugent, Dashiell Hammett-s The Mal

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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