English | American Literature since 1914
L354 | 29002 | Jeff Sartain

Jeff Sartain

29002 - 9:30a-10:45a TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

This is a major American writers course that emphasizes important
literary works in the years since the First World War.  We will
focus our attention on how writers understand the social,
technological, and political issues of their day, and how those
issues inflect character and narrative. Writers throughout the 20th
century have encountered the technologies of their day in different
ways, and how these writers portray technology and its influences on
individuals and cultures will be of most interest to us in this
course.  We will be engaging with the complex interplay of aesthetic
representation with the political and technological realities as
represented in fiction from across the 20th century. The works we
will study each contribute an important voice to the ongoing
conversation about identity, subjectivity, and technology. The
course will be heavily focused on fiction, but will include sefveral
essays and poems as well. In addition, there will also be three
required film screenings. Potential authors for examination are:
John Dos Passos, John Steinbeck, Jean Toomer, Upton Sinclair, Joseph
Heller, Kathy Acker, Marge Piercy, Ralph Ellison, William S.
Burroughs, Toni Morrison, Joanna Russ, Carol Hill, John Barth,
Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany, Richard Powers, Douglas Coupland, Amy
Hempel, Colson Whitehead, Ishmael Reed, and William Gibson.