L399 1993 BRANTLINGER
Junior Honors Seminar

1:00p-2:15p MW (15) 3 cr.

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. REQUIRES THE PERMISSION OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR OF HONORS. OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM BH402.

SPECIAL TOPIC: MODERN/POSTMODERN

Using David Harvey's The Condition of Postmodernity as one of our guides, we will explore the various meanings of the terms "modern" and "postmodern" in novels, poetry, plays, films, and a number of other forms of art and culture. Under the "modern" rubric, we will read Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, poetry by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, and others, and plays by Samuel Beckett and Eugene O'Neill. Under the "postmodern" rubric, we will read Paul Auster's City of Glass, poetry by Ed Dorn, the so-called Language Poets, Cathy Bowman, and others, and plays by David Mamet, Caryl Churchill, and others. Students will write a series of one-page response papers and one longer, final paper (approximately 15 pages). You will also be expected to engage fully in class discussions and to make occasional reports to the class.