E304 2111 STAFF
Literatures in English 1900 to Present

4:00p-5:15p MW (30) 3 cr.

OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY. DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH 442.

This section of E304 is a traditional literature survey course, covering a large number of American and British writers from the 1920s through the 1950s, with special attention to The Beat Generation. We will emphasize literary texts and historical context. Obviously, we cannot read in a vacuum without any sense of how and why we are reading and interpreting a work in certain ways– and we will study some essays on these questions–but, for the most part, we will read literary texts carefully and try to understand their historical context.

Student responsibility in the course will include a number of short papers, mainly literary explications of poems and prose works; also a class presentation on an author of the student’s choosing; and a midterm and final exam. The major projects can consist of: a research paper on any topic connected to the course; OR a creative project, e.g., a short story or script on any topic prompted by the course.