AMST 372 Fall 2014 American Modernist Fiction (W)

Cross Listed as ENGL372
Modernism among writers began in the second half of the nineteenth century and continued through perhaps World War II; we shall concentrate on fiction from around the 1920s, by such writers as Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Toomer, Cather, and Stein. Modernism tends to be difficult and elitist, though such writers as Fitzgerald and Hemingway tried to make popular careers out of its methods. Its reception has always been controversial and paradoxical: modernism either unleashes revolutionary thinking or displaces it (and either alternative may be its value); it either allows expression to repressed forms of sexuality or re-represses them; it either registers new racial realities or is specifically designed to keep racial structures in place. In this tutorial we shall address both American modernist fiction and its reception, and thus will conduct a continuing investigation of the relation of obscure meaning and imputed historical significance.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: one hour meeting every week; students will write and deliver papers every other week (five in all) of 5-7 pages, and will critique papers in their off-weeks
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate; not open to first-year students
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives, ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1644
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
AMST 372 - T1 (F) TUT American Modernist Fiction (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive John K. Limon
TBA 1644
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