ENGL 380
The Art of Modern Crisis
Last Offered Spring 2020
Division I
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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The first half of the twentieth century was marked by extraordinary social and political upheaval. The same era witnessed a feverishly creative revolution in the nature and the strategies of artistic representation. In this course we will examine what these two kinds of crisis have to do with one another: how a wide range of startling innovations in literary and cinematic art may be seen as responses to the particular pressures of the historical crises they represent. Focusing on instances from Britain, Europe, America, India, and/or Africa, we will study such diverse historical crises as the wave of anarchist terrorism around the turn of the century; the Bolshevik revolution; the woman┬┐s suffrage movement; World Wars I and II; the Indian independence movement led by Gandhi; and the Cold War. Novels and films will be studied for their distinctive, often dazzling aesthetic strategies for representing such crises, and will be chosen from works by such authors as Joseph Conrad, Andrei Bely, Sergei Eisenstein, Ford Madox Ford, Virginia Woolf, Jaroslav Hasek, Mulk Raj Anand, Elizabeth Bowen, Joseph Heller, and Stanley Kubrick.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3993
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussions, two 7-page papers, and a final exam
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
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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