English | Literatures in English 1900-present
E304 | 2204 | Brown
E304 2204 BROWN
Literatures in English 1900-Present
9:05a-9:55a MWF (30) 3 cr.
This course on literatures of the twentieth century will examine the
multiple voices that emerge in relation and reaction to historical
events, social movements, and an emerging sense of identity
as “modern.” We will look at the emergence of artistic and critical
movements such as modernism (in its variety of forms), the Harlem
Renaissance, the Beats, postmodernism, and postcolonialism, and will
discuss the impact of twentieth-century understandings of the
nation, race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality on the construction
of these literatures. We will consider how literature, in
conversation with the visual arts, popular culture, including music
and mass media, experiments with formal boundaries to produce
multiple and hybrid texts. The twentieth century begins with a
fascination with categories of identity and we will look to see how
literary works throughout the century construct, destabilize, revise
and challenge concepts of identity in literary form.
We will begin with the poetry of T.S. Eliot, whose poem “The Waste
Land” established a new standard for literary representation, and
will go on to read works by Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, William
Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Jeans Rhys, James Baldwin, Jack
Kerouac, Maxine Hong Kingston, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison,
Michael Cunningham, Michael Ondaatje and Junot Diaz.
This course will mix lectures with discussion. Students are
expected to come prepared to participate in class, and to complete
two formal papers and a final exam.