ENG394 202103 Undergraduate

Spring 2022
ENG 394
Applies To: 
Course Description: 

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.

20th-Century Literature

Paul Peppis

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Oregon Humanities Center
  • Phone: 541-346-7017
  • Office: 154 PLC
Department Section Description: 

ENG 394 is the first in a two-part chronological, upper division survey of modern literature from America, Britain, and Europe. The course incorporates works of drama, poetry, and prose, and attends closely to philosophical, political, and cultural events that run parallel to developments in 20th century literary history. ENG 394 covers the period from 1890 through 1945. No prerequisites are required, but students should be prepared for advanced university-level work in literary studies. Although readings in the course focus on a relatively narrow period, ENG 394 addresses issues, movements, and intellectual trends that are central to 20th century intellectual history more generally. This section of ENG 394 focuses on authors associated with the early 20th century literary and cultural movement of modernism. Each of the authors we study were involved with one of the innovative literary movements and groups that thrived during the moment of modernism, including Aestheticism, the Irish Literary Theatre, Futurism, the Bloomsbury Group, and the Harlem Renaissance.


A & L

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.

C-Literature 1789-Present

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

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.