ENGL 773 (1SY) - Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle

Literary Modernisms

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Can be taken by students who are remote.
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   25  
CRN: 56129
This course focuses on modernist writers such as T.S. Eliot, who sought to revitalize modern culture by looking backward to the past; Virginia Woolf, who experimented with the form of the novel; and performance artist Kabe Wilson, who recycles texts of high modernism. We explore modernist literature in its geopolitical contexts with special attention to imperial expansion and contraction, the rise of fascism, world wars, and struggles for suffrage, and national belonging. Prereq: ENGL 401.
Section Comments: Satisfies the DH/Digital Humanities requirement for ENGL/TBD majors in SP21.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Robin Hackett

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm ONLINE
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Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle

English 773

This course, OFFERED REMOTELY, focuses on the art and literature of modernity, a literary period with contested boundaries. We will discuss experimental poets including T.S. Eliot, who sought to revitalize what he thought of as effete modern culture by looking backward to the past. We will read fiction by Virginia Woolf, whose experiments with literary form were also challenges to patriarchal institutions. We will read late modernists such as Kabe Wilson, a 21st century performance artist who recycles texts of high modernism and turns his gaze toward imperial culture. In class discussions, we will explore the cultural and geopolitical contexts in which literary experiments were made, including imperial expansion and contraction, the rise of fascism, world wars, struggles for suffrage, and struggles over national belonging. Additional authors of major focus will include: Claude McKay, W.B. Yeats., Chinua Achebe, Gertrude Stein, Monique Truong, Seamus Heaney, and poets and writers of WW1. 

This course satisfies a Post-1800 Literature requirement for English Department majors.  

In Spring 2021 this course satisfies a DH (Digital Humanities) requirement for English TBD majors.