AMST 372
American Modernist Fiction Fall 2014
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed AMST 372 / ENGL 372
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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.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1644
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
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
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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 Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
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:
AMST 372 Division II ENGL 372 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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