English | Literary Modernism
L380 | 4911 | Judith Brown


L380 4911 LITERARY MODERNISM
Judith Brown

1:25p-2:15p MWF (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.
	
T. S. Eliot wrote that “the artist . . . 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,
including 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 ways that modernist
critics construct and destabilize gender and sexual identity, and
will think about the ways that modernism constitutes itself by
simultaneously embracing and expelling notions of the primitive.  We
will pay particularly close attention to questions of violence in
the aesthetic forms and revolutionary goals taken up by literary
modernism.
This class will mix lecture with discussion.  Course requirements
will include a midterm and final exam, one 5-page and one 8-page
paper, and strong participation.