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ENGL 210
American Modernism Fall 2020
Division I Writing Skills

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Modernism in art lasts from about 1850 until about 1950; this course focuses on American fiction centering on the 1920s. Texts in the course run from the familiar (Cather, Fitzgerald, Hemingway) through the difficult (Faulkner), very difficult (Jean Toomer), and impossible (Gertrude Stein); but we’ll learn how to read them all. Even the familiar texts turn out to be stylistically experimental, and experiments in style, in every case, are linked to novel conceptions of religion (especially Hemingway, Fitzgerald), race or ethnicity (Faulkner, Toomer), and gender (Cather, Hemingway, Stein); most of our texts interrelate all of these concerns. After the Great War, the urgency of questions of form, in relation to questions of identity, is whether the world can be redeemed by the reformation of linguistic and generic conventions.
The Class: Format: seminar; The course will be entirely remote by Zoom.
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 2272
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Four papers totaling about 16 pages. Participation in class discussions will also be a factor in the final grade.
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students and sophomores contemplating the English major; other English majors lacking a Gateway; American Studies majors.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: There will be four papers, totaling about 16 pages. Papers will be read closely both for content and expression. There will be one course meeting devoted entirely to questions of style and composition.
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
ENGL Literary Histories C

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