English | American Literature Since 1914
L354 | 20435 | Josh Kates

Josh Kates

20435 - 4:00p-5:15p (30 students) 3 cr., A&H

This course surveys 20th-century American literature, including
poetry and drama, as well as fiction. We will hit many of
the “biggies,” starting with poetic modernism (T. S. Eliot and Ezra
Pound) in order to sensitize ourselves to issues of literary form.
The course as whole moves between realism and modernism: in its
first half it treats texts by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway,
and such Harlem Renaissance writers as Zora Neale Hurston and Nella
Larsen, and finally turns to William Faulkner. We will end by
studying poets and novelists from the second half of the century who
have pushed the limits of these traditions: fiction writers such as
Toni Morrison and Vladimir Nabokov, and the poets John Ashbery and
Jorie Graham.