English | Literary Modernism
L380 | 2225 | Brown

L380 2225 BROWN
Literary Modernism

2:30p-3:20p MWF (30) 3 cr.

T. S. Eliot, in his essay “Hamlet,” writes: “The artist, I believe,
is more primitive, as well as more civilized, than his
contemporaries, his experience is deeper than civilization, and he
only uses the phenomena of civilization in expressing it.”  In this
course we will consider Eliot’s statement as an introduction to the
wider themes and logics of modernism that include a vision of the
modern artist as prophet, anthropologist, critic of and apologist
for the imperialist enterprise, and as a voice of  “civilization.”
We will consider the various constructions of gendered and sexual
identity in modernist works, and think about how modernism
constitutes itself by simultaneously embracing and distancing itself
from notions of the primitive.  We will pay particularly close
attention to literary form, and the revolutionary goals of modernist
aesthetics.   Over the course of the semester, we will discuss the
various and divergent movements within modernism and will look
closely at representative works by Eliot, Yeats, Joseph Conrad,
Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Gertrude Stein, Nella
Larsen, Langston Hughes, H. D.,  Zora Neale Hurston, and Ernest

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.