AMST 210
American Modernism Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 210 / AMST 210
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“Modernism” in literature refers to texts from the second half of the nineteenth through the first half of the twentieth century. These works are typically at once self-referential and extra-referential; books acutely aware of their own status as language nevertheless aspire to describe, or even save, the world beyond words. Insofar as modernism posits an aestheticism that can seem redemptive, a concern of the course will be the relation of modernism to modernity: the new world that needs saving. The American version of modernism will have the additional challenge of producing out of the difficulties of self-conscious fiction a redemption that suits a democracy–and a multiply divided democracy at that. Writers of the course will include DuBois, Larsen, Hemingway, Faulkner, Stein, Toomer, Hurston, Williams and Agee.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3604
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers, one longer (10 pp.) final paper
Prerequisites: 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 210 Division I AMST 210 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives

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