English | Literatures in English 1900-Present
E304 | 2068 | Brown

E304 2068 BROWN
Literatures in English 1900-Present

9:30a-10:45a TR (30) 3 CR.

This course on literatures of the twentieth century will examine the
multiple voices that emerge in relation and reaction to historical
events, social movements, and an emerging sense of identity
as “modern.”  We will look at the emergence of artistic and critical
movements such as modernism (in its variety of forms), the Harlem
Renaissance, the Beats, postmodernism, and post colonialism, and will
discuss the impact of twentieth-century understandings of the nation,
race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality on the construction of these
literatures.  We will consider how literature, in conversation with
the visual arts, popular culture, including music and mass media,
experiments with formal boundaries to produce multiple and hybrid
texts.  The twentieth century begins with a fascination with
categories of identity and we will look to see how literary works
throughout the century construct, destabilize, revise and challenge
concepts of identity in literary form.

This course will mix lecture with discussion.  The reading will be
quite heavy—frequently a novel a week—and students are expected to
come prepared to participate in class, and to complete two formal
papers (each 8 pages and each worth 25% of the final grade), a mid-
term (15% of the final grade) and a final exam (25%).  Solid
attendance and participation are mandatory (10%).