English | Literature and Society
L779 | 15352 | Brown


L779 15352  BROWN (#5)
Literature & Society

2:30p – 5:30p R

TOPIC: GLOBALIZING MODERNISM

In the last several years, a new critical rubric in modernist
studies has emerged: transnational, global, or geo-modernisms.  In
this class, we’ll investigate the turn toward the global, question
whether “modernism” is a Western paradigm and aesthetic movement,
and think about the possibilities of a modernism more broadly
conceived.  We will be particularly attuned to the “aesthetic
dimension” of the works in question as we consider the cross-
currents between the works and their authors.  Critical readings
will likely include work by Homi Bhabha, Simon Gikandi, Deepika
Bahri, Arjun Appadurai, Ania Loombia, and Susan Stanford Friedman,
among others.  Our literary readings will circulate around India,
and may include novels by G.V. Desani (All about H. Hatterr), Raja
Rao (Kanthapura), R.K. Narayan (The Dark Room, The English Teacher),
E.M. Forster (Passage to India), and Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway),
as well as T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.