Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|2/1/2021||5/11/2021||TR||11:10am - 12:30pm||ONLINE|
Literary Modernisms: Return, Revolt, Recycle
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.