English | Literatures in English, 1900-Present
E304 | 5205 | Stephen Watt

Stephen Watt

10:20a-11:35a D (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

TOPIC:  “From Modernism to Modernism”

This course will attempt to trace the evolution and gradual decline
of literary modernism in England, Ireland, and America.  It will
begin with several writers associated with “High” Modernism—James
Joyce, William Butler Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf—and move on
to more recent writing, some of which is called postmodern.  These
later writers include Caryl Churchill, Salman Rushdie, and Paul
Muldoon.  And sandwiched not so comfortably between these groups are
writers from the middle of the twentieth century whose influence
still is with us: the “Beat” writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack
Kerouac, Ian Fleming, and Samuel Beckett.  Students will take
numerous reading quizzes and write three essays, the last of which
is a “research paper” of 7-10pages.