Modern literature from American, British, and European cultures, 1890 to 1945. Significant works of poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction in relation to intellectual and historical developments.
In this class we will focus on US and UK modernist fiction. Authors will include: Sherwood Anderson, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, James Baldwin, and Katherine Mansfield. In each case, pairing literary analysis with a book historical approach, we’ll read the works up against their publishing histories. We’ll consider little magazine and (small) press production of the period as generative of these texts and of the style of these authors. Looking at the life-cycle of each work (its bibliographic code), we’ll also consider the reception histories and afterlives of these works.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history. Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.