English | 20th Century American Fiction
L358 | 2216 | Crawford

L358 2216 CRAWFORD
Twentieth-Century American Fiction

9:05a-9:55a MWF (30) 3 cr.

The twentieth-century American literary tradition is a series of
rewritings.  While reading a wide range of texts written throughout
the century, can we identity patterns and shifts in American
literary representations of regionalism, race, and ethnicity?  Is
there an ongoing conversation about the very meaning of an American
identity?  Do shifting understandings of American identity lead to
shifts in the form of the American novel?   Since Gertrude Stein's
Three Lives (1909) can be explored in terms of American realism,
naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism, this text will be the
springboard of our analysis and complication of the move from
realism and naturalism to modernism and postmodernism.  As we focus
on these literary movements, we will explore a range of rewritings:
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson, 1919) and Cane (Jean Toomer,
1923); Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser, 1900) and Native Son
(Richard Wright, 1940); Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell, 1936)
and The Wind Done Gone (Alice Randall, 2001); Absalom, Absalom!
(Faulkner, 1936) and  Jazz (Morrison, 1992); and  Invisible Man
(Ellison, 1952) and The Woman Warrior (Kingston, 1975).

The class will be discussion-oriented.  Three five page essays will
be assigned.  There will also be a final exam.